Fake Names Won’t Change Persian Gulf Reality: Iranian Spokesman
Deploring the Iraqi prime minister’s use of a wrong name for the Persian Gulf, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said such fake titles could not change the reality.
In a statement on Tuesday, Nasser Kanaani deplored the application of a fake title for the Persian Gulf by a number of Iraqi organizations and officials, including its prime minister.
“The name ‘Persian Gulf’ for this water body is a historical, eternal, documented, and undeniable reality. The repetition of a fabricated name would not change the fact or create any legitimacy (for misnomer),” the Iranian spokesperson underlined.
Kanaani said the Persian Gulf has been referred to by the same name for thousands of years in ancient documents, maps, travelogues, and texts, and will be called the Persian Gulf forever.
“The relations between Iran and Iraq are beyond the individuals and institutions and have their roots in the history and civilization of the two countries and nations,” he added, reminding the Iraqi officials that it is impossible to appease others at the cost of the rich and historical solidarity among regional countries.
The spokesman went on to say that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a letter of protest to Iraq over the prime minister’s comments.
Asked in a recent interview with Deutsche Welle whether the Gulf is Persian or Arabic, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the “Arab” Gulf states “is a reality” and Iraq does not intend to get involved in the issues which some seek to provoke.