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Egyptian stall sealed in Tehran's Book Exhibition

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The Egyptian stall at the International Book Exhibition in Tehran was sealed following its distribution of a book entitled: Mosoat al-Khalij Al-Arabi (Encyclopaedia of the Arabian Gulf).

Security Commander of Tehran announced the news to ISNA saying undercover police officials of Tehran discovered the book's distribution during their rounds.

He added: "As soon as the officers informed the organizers and judiciary officials, they followed up the matter and the said stall was sealed and the distributed books were collected."

The 23rd International Book Exhibition opened on May 4, in Tehran.

In the past decades, Arab countries have shown some efforts to change the name of Persian Gulf. Until the 1960s, all European, Asian and American sources used Persian Gulf to indicate the waterways in the south of Iran.

A recent use of "Arabian Gulf" in an atlas of National Geographic caused widespread outrage amongst Iranians.

The United Nation has urged all international missions to use "Persian Gulf" in their officials correspondence especially in UN documents.

Last December Iran's Minister of Transportation announced that all foreign aircraft using a different name for the Persian Gulf in their monitors will not be allowed to fly to Iran.

He warned airline companies of countries in the south of Persian Gulf that if they continue using a different name for Persian Gulf, Iranian authorities will revoke their permit to fly to Iran.

Last year Iran's bid to host the Islamic Games was revoked due to controversy over the use of the term Persian Gulf in the documents and medals.

Arab countries announced that they would not participate in the Games should the medals bear the name of Persian Gulf.

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