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World-famous Belgian expert on Iran criticizes attempts to change name of Persian Gulf

Brussels, Dec 20, IRNA -- Professor Ernie Haerinck, a world-renowned expert on Iranian archaeology, has criticized attempts by a western publication to falsify the name of the Persian Gulf.

"The name Persian Gulf is known since 2,000 years, from the time of the Roman Empire," Professor Haerinck, who teaches in the Department of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology of the prestigious Ghent University of Belgium, told IRNA.

The Belgian professor, moreover, said that attempts to change the real name is "absolutely useless."

"The name worldwide known is the Persian Gulf," he stressed.

The National Geographic magazine recently published an atlas calling the sea "Arabian Gulf" instead of its correct name -- Persian Gulf.

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