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Louvre is Iran's second embassy in Paris: Loyrette

TEHRAN, May 28 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Louvre museum is Iran's second embassy in Paris, said its curator Henri Loyrette.

Few French people travel to Iran; however they have been able to view Iran's cultural heritage via exhibitions and displays of ancient Persian artworks which have been regularly set up in the Louvre museum, Loyrette told the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Information Dissemination Center on Sunday.

"In November 2004, an agreement was signed between Iran and France in order to boost relations and organize biennial visits between Iranian and French cultural heritage experts," he added.

During a recent trip to Iran, Loyrette negotiated with the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization for historical objects to be lent to the Louvre museum for display in its Safavid exhibition.

This event is scheduled to take place in Paris in October 2007 and will include Safavid objects loaned from several museums around the world. It will run until January 2008.

The Louvre Museum is one of the most frequented in the world. Last year it recorded more than eight million visitors.

The bilateral agreement between the Louvre museum and Iran is such that both sides will lend and borrow artistic masterpieces.

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