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Iran marks National Day of Persian Gulf

Source: ISNA
Photos: National Day of Persian Gulf ceremonies in Hormuz Island; by Peyman Kiyani

Iran is marking April 30 as the National Day of Persian Gulf amid claims by some Arab states on name of the water body.

Some regional Arab countries as well as certain western states are trying to distort the historical name of "Persian Gulf" to "Arabian Gulf or Arab Gulf" despite the fact that the name of the waterway has been recorded as Persian Gulf in ancient books in different languages including Greek and Arabic.

Iran designated April 30 as the National Day of Persian Gulf to show the world that the name will never be distorted by baseless claims and demands of certain Arab states.

The name of the body of water separating the Arabian Peninsula from the Iranian plateau, historically and internationally known as the Persian Gulf after the land of Persia (now called Iran).

But it has been distorted by some Arab countries since the 1960s.

On almost all maps printed before 1960, and in most modern international treaties, documents and maps, this body of water is known by the name "Persian Gulf."

Arab countries also used the term "Persian Gulf" until the 1960s, but with the rise of Arab nationalism during that decade, some Arab countries, including the ones bordering the Persian Gulf, adopted widespread use of the term Arab Gulf or Arabian Gulf to refer to this waterway.

Iran does not recognize the naming when it is referred to as "Arabian Gulf" or just the "Gulf."

The Islamic Republic of Iran designated April 30 as the "National Day of Persian Gulf", since the date coincides with the anniversary of Shah Abbas' successful military campaign against the Portuguese navy in the Persian Gulf, driving the Portuguese colonial forces out of the Strait of Hormuz in the Capture of Hormuz (1622).

Hormuz Island, Persian Gulf


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