December 8, 2013
Argentina says envoy to UK meant no offence to 'dumb' Cameron
Argentina's ambassador to Britain, Alicia Castro, said she had not meant to offend Prime Minister David Cameron when she called him "dumb" and his handling of the long-running dispute over the Malvinas Islands "foolish".
In an effort to draw a line under the latest spat in an ill-tempered feud between the two countries over the South Atlantic archipelago, she said her words had been taken out of context.
"Ambassador Castro referred exclusively to the failure of a communication strategy," the ambassador said in a statement issued by the Argentine embassy. "They (the remarks) were not meant as a personal affront to Mr. Cameron, nor to the Prime Minister's office."
Earlier on Wednesday, Britain's foreign office had reaffirmed it was seeking confirmation of the comments by Ambassador Castro, saying that, if reports of them were accurate, her words had been "undiplomatic".