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Louvre corrects distorted name of Persian Gulf on maps and signs

TEHRAN, April 28 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Louvre Museum has corrected the distorted name of the Persian Gulf on its maps and signs at the sections of Islamic art and Near Eastern antiquities.

"I visited the Louvre's curator and saw the relevant sections, and asked him to take into account Iranians' sensitivity towards the distortion of the Persian Gulf's name, and requested that he correct the mistakes. The museum's officials recently wrote a letter announcing to the embassy that corrections had been made," he added.

The substitution of the false name "Arabian Gulf", for the Persian Gulf, in the Louvre's catalogue and also on maps set up in the museum's halls, created a media frenzy in early December last year.

Several Iranian MPs had called on the foreign minister to take more vigorous "diplomatic action in response to France's insult in omitting the name of the Persian Gulf from the Louvre's historic maps."

The curator of the National Museum of Iran, Mohammadreza Kargar, said last December that the Louvre had changed the name of the Persian Gulf due to the Arabs' economic influence over the museum during the 1990s.

Some Arab states have bought a great number of shares in the Louvre.

In addition, the French government revealed that, in January 2007, in exchange for a sum of money (alleged to be $800 million to $1 billion), it will permit the United Arab Emirates rent the Louvre's name, art treasures and expertise for use in a new museum to be built in their capital, Abu Dhabi.

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