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US embassy’s apology for awkward cat email

The United States embassy in Canberra had to apologise after sending a misleading email.
The United States embassy in Canberra had to apologise after sending a misleading email.

THE United States embassy in Canberra has apologised for a "training error" after distributing a fake meeting invitation, complete with a photo of a pyjama-wearing cat.

The email, titled "meeting", featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing a blue Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of choc-chip biscuits, beneath the title "cat pyjama-jam".

The photo that was accidentally sent out in the US embassy’s email. Picture: AAP Image / U.S. Department of State
The photo that was accidentally sent out in the US embassy’s email. Picture: AAP Image / U.S. Department of State

In a clear case of misdirected correspondence last week, the email also contained a section of Latin and recipients were given the option to hit an RSVP tab.

It's unknown how widely the email, sent by the US Department of State, was distributed.

US Mission to Australia public affairs counsellor Gavin Sundwall kept his apology lighthearted.

"Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pyjama-jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he wrote in a follow-up email two days after the original," Mr Sundwall said.

"It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform."

He added that "strong new management controls" would be put in place to prevent a repeat of the mistake.

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