The Foreign Minister of Poland is being ridiculed across the internet after he invented a fake country to lend support to a political cause.
Witold Waszczykowski said a number of countries he had recently visited added their support for the country’s campaign to win a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
Speaking in New York, Mr Waszczykowski said he had met ministers from “Belize and San Escobar”.
Only, uh, San Escobar is not a country. It’s not even a city. It’s non-existent.
Poland’s foreign ministry told The Telegraph he may have gotten lost in translation, but the damage was done. And of course, the internet responded the only way it knows how: through vengeful mockery.
Twitter users created fake flags and profiles showcasing the so-called “San Escobar”, making the fake name a trending topic on Twitter in Poland.
A Twitter account was even created to represent the “People’s Democratic Republic of San Escobar”, complete with flags, maps and photographs of the fictional country.
@rpdsanescobar here you go pic.twitter.com/s8s8UXkLqG
– Ewa Lalik (@ewqaewqa) January 10, 2017
La bandera de la libertad, la bandera del progreso, la bandera del pueblo.
La bandera de la República Popular Democrática de #SanEscobar! pic.twitter.com/rkK07GByl6
– San Escobar (@rpdsanescobar) January 11, 2017
All inclusive w San Escobar. pic.twitter.com/BersB48xKX
– ρισтя яυ (@Piotr_Ru) January 10, 2017
Other users suggested Mr Waszczykowski got mixed up with Pablo Escobar, the late Colombian drug lord who is the subject of the Netflix show Narcos.
Whatever it is, it’s pretty damn funny.
If you somehow manage to book tickets to the exotic San Escobar, do let our travel team know how it is.