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Romania apologizes after German foreign minister handed brochure with map of France

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, looks at his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, as he receives a document celebrating 135-years of Germany - Romania diplomatic relations, during a joint press conference, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, March 9, 2015.  Steinmeier discussed the situation in Ukraine during talks with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, along with other matters of mutual interest. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru/Mediafax Foto) ROMANIA OUT

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, looks at his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, as he receives a document celebrating 135-years of Germany - Romania diplomatic relations, during a joint press conference, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, March 9, 2015. Steinmeier discussed the situation in Ukraine during talks with Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, along with other matters of mutual interest. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru/Mediafax Foto) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds up a document celebrating 135-years of German - Romania diplomatic relations, during a joint press conference, with his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, March 9, 2015. The document mistakenly carries the shape of France covered in the German flag colors instead of Germany. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds up a document celebrating 135-years of German - Romania diplomatic relations, during a joint press conference, with his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, March 9, 2015. The document mistakenly carries the shape of France covered in the German flag colors instead of Germany. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, looks at his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, as he receives a document celebrating 135-years of German - Romanian diplomatic relations, during a joint press conference, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, March 9, 2015. The document mistakenly carries the shape of France covered in the German flag colors instead of Germany. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, looks at his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, as he receives a document celebrating 135-years of German - Romanian diplomatic relations, during a joint press conference, in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, March 9, 2015. The document mistakenly carries the shape of France covered in the German flag colors instead of Germany. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Romanian officials have been left red-faced after Germany's foreign minister was handed a brochure with a map of France.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier received the gift from Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu at the end of a news conference Monday to mark 135 years of diplomatic relations.

Romania's Foreign Ministry later apologized saying it had received the brochure in the morning containing the "regrettable technical error" — the colors of the German flag contained within the map of France — from news agency Agerpres.

Aurescu apologized to Steinmeier during a visit later to the city of Sibiu. Steinmeier responded diplomatically, saying he hadn't even noticed the gaffe, the ministry said.

Romania also celebrates 135 years of diplomacy this year with Britain and France.