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Romania mistakenly gives German foreign minister map of France

A Romanian foreign ministry spokeswoman has lost her job over a gaffe in which the German foreign minister was given a brochure that featured a map of France, not Germany, by mistake.

Romania's foreign ministry fired its spokeswoman Wednesday after Germany's top diplomat, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, was given a gift with a map of France instead of Germany.

Steinmeier was handed the gift- with the German flag contained in an outline of France- from Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu after a press conference on Monday to mark 135 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Aurescu personally apologized for the mix-up, as did the printing company. The Romanian Foreign Ministry dismissed its spokeswoman Brandusa Predescu over the incident, saying it "projected a totally unfavorable image" of the government office.

Agerpres national news agency, which printed the brochure, said it was punishing the editor in charge of the slip-up by docking her salary ten percent for the next three months.

Steinmeier reacted gracefully, according to Romanian media, saying he hadn't even noticed the mistake. Perhaps he felt a certain amount of understanding for the gaffe- on

a diplomatic trip to Kinshasa last month

, his ministry gifted both countries' entourages lapel pins featuring the flag of Germany and neighboring Republic of the Congo, instead of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

es/rc (AP, dpa)

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