Iran rejects Saudi marine atlas with fake name for Persian Gulf

استانها/ خليج‌فارس

TEHRAN (ISNA)- National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) rejected the marine atlas sent by Saudi oil company and carried a fake name for Persian Gulf.

The NIOC in a letter to Saudi petroleum-based Aramco conveyed Iran's objections to misnaming the waterway.

Managing Director of the NIOC Ahmad Qalebani in the letter referred to historical facts about name of the water way and said, "As you are fully aware of the issue, based on historical and geographical facts and political geography, the waterway between Iran Plateau and Arab Peninsula is called Persian Gulf. The name has been used for the waterway since 600 years BC and many documents as well as historical maps substantiate the issue."

He further added that the name Persian Gulf has been used in many UN resolutions, including ST/CS/SER.A/29 dated 10 January 1990, ST/CS/SER.A/29/Add.1 dated 24 January 1992, ST/CS/SER.A/29/Add.2 dated 18 August 1994 and ST/CS/SER.A/29/Rev.1 dated 14 may 1999.

The Iranian oil company refused to receive the atlas and called on the Saudi oil corporation to correct the fake name for the Persian Gulf.

Iran has officially named April 30 as the National Day of Persian Gulf.

Historically and internationally known as “Persian Gulf”, the body of water is an extension of the Indian Ocean located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. The “Persian Gulf” is 989 kilometers long with Iran covering most of the northern coast. It is about 56 kilometers wide at its narrowest in the Strait of Hormuz. The International Hydrographic Organization also refers to it as the “Persian Gulf”.

To study the historical roots of the “Persian Gulf”, Iran has held several international scientific conferences in which researchers from the most reputable academic centers worldwide unanimously agreed that the body of water has been referred to as the Persian Gulf throughout history.

However, some regional and hostile western countries continue to distort historical facts by misnaming the "Persian Gulf", in an organized attempt to steal the true identity of the Persian Gulf, but to no avail.

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