Louvre deletes 'Arabian Gulf,' restores 'Persian Gulf'





TEHRAN -- 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.

[The curator of the National Museum of Iran, Mohammadreza Kargar, said] “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.

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