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Persian Gulf Chain Museums to Be Built in Southern Iran

Tehran, Jan. 11 (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency)- Iranian Cultural Heritage & Tourism organization is going to build a chain of museums in the southern provinces of Iran with a focus on the subject of the Persian Gulf.

Referring to the sensitivity of all southern provinces in Iran to be the host of Persian Gulf museum, Iranian museums director, Ahmad Nosrati, said, "At first we were going to set up the great Persian Gulf museum in the Kish Island or the city Booshehr, but due to the requests of governmental institutions and NGOs in the cities on the banks of the Persian Gulf, we have now decided to use the potentialities of all the cities in southern Iran."

In its latest world atlas, National Geographic added the name "Arabian Gulf" in parentheses beneath "Persian Gulf" on a map to label the body of water that cuts along the coasts of Iran and its Arab neighbors. This caused an uproar among the Iranians who strongly opposed this institute's decision. National geographic withdrew its decision later and updated its map.

Calling the setup of these museums a national measure, Nosrati added, "The Persian Gulf belongs to all Iranians, and to have some museums that deserve the name and extent of this part of our country, we need the cooperation of all governmental, public, and private units."

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