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Iranian reformist MPs to take stance on fictitious name for Persian Gulf

Tehran, Dec 28, IRNA -- Reformist deputies of the Majlis are to take stance on the fictitious name for the Persian Gulf, said an MP in Tehran on Tuesday.

The reformist deputies in the Majlis have issued a strong statement condemning the misnomer of the Persian Gulf and have called on the respective authorities to follow up the issue, said Mehdi Pourfatemi on the sidelines of the Majlis open session. The reformist MPs won the least seats in the Seventh Majlis election.

The Washington-based 'National Geographic' magazine recently published an atlas in which it used a fictitious name for the Persian Gulf.

National Geographic magazine has already been banned from going on sale in Iran, pending a 'correction' to the atlas, Iranian authorities said.

Iranians, the public, the government, the Majlis, Iranian citizens abroad, all joined the chorus of protest and strongly condemned the distortion of the name for the Persian Gulf, calling it 'ever Persian Gulf'.

Managing Director of IRNA Abdollah Nasseri also took the battle with National Geography over the fictitious name for the Persian Gulf.

The Persian Gulf historical maps available at the Foreign Ministry archive were showcased in an exhibition in Tehran.

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