31 Jan '11, 12pm

#Iran warns France over #Louvre artefacts: report

#Iran warns France over #Louvre artefacts: report

TEHRAN - Tehran has warned it will cut cultural ties with France if renowned Paris museum The Louvre fails to set up an exhibition of Persian artefacts in Iran as agreed, an official was Monday cited as saying. "If this museum (The Louvre) fails to fulfill its commitment with the (Iranian) Cultural Heritage Organisation in the next two months, then we will cut cultural ties with France," head of the organisation Hamid Baghai was quoted as saying by Tehran Emrouz newspaper. Under an agreement between Iran and France, "years ago we set up exhibits in The Louvre in exchange for them setting up their Persian artefacts here," he said. "But The Louvre officials did not take any steps. The officials at The Louvre have until the end of the 1389 (Iranian year ending March 2011) to precisely tell us when and what they are going to set up here," he said, accusing the Paris museum of ...

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