The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has apologised to the Indian government for a social media post.
We are trying all sources to arrange for oxygen cylinders urgently and our appeal has unfortunately been misinterpreted, for which we are sorry.— NZ in India (@NZinIndia) May 2, 2021
In a tweet this morning, the High Commission in Delhi asked the Indian Youth Congress - the youth wing of the country's main opposition party - for help in providing an oxygen cylinder.
The Indian government had earlier criticised Youth Congress volunteers for supplying cylinders to the Philippines embassy.
The High Commission quickly deleted the tweet, and then said it was urgently trying all sources for cylinders.
The ministry said the tweet was issued in error, and it was sorry for the misunderstanding it may have caused.
It said the safety, health and welfare of staff in India is a priority.