Romania says it regrets blunder after Foreign minister gave German counterpart a brochure with German flag printed on France map. Gift initiative belonged to local news agency
The initiative for the handing of the brochure belonged to Romanian public news agency Agerpres. The agency said it was a technical mistake on its behalf, as th brochure was printed in only one sample - the one handed to the German official. Agerpres said that while a correct version of the brochure - with a map of Germany on it - had been sent to the Romanian Foreign Ministry prior to the meeting, it was mistakenly printed in a wrong version by the news agency.
The document was produced to mark the anniversary of 135 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. Minister Aurescu handed it personally to Steinmeier during a conference - with Steinmeier seemingly unaware of the blunder as he showed the brochure to journalists.
Later on Monday, the Romanian Foreign Ministery announced minister Aurescu personally sent Steinmeier his deep regret about the situation. But the German official replied that he would not see the situation as capable to have any effect on bilateral relations and that the blunder had not even been noticed until the Romanian minister signaled it.