Iran protests "Arabian Gulf" in U.S. Navy directive via Swiss envoy: report

09:51, December 02, 2010      

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Iran summoned Swiss ambassador to Iran Livia Leu Agosti on Wednesday to protest the use of the term "Arabian Gulf" for "Persian Gulf" in a U.S. Navy directive, state IRIB TV reported.

In a note to the Swiss ambassador, the Islamic republic expressed its "strong opposition" over the use of the "forged" term "Arabian Gulf" instead of "Persian Gulf" by the U.S. Navy and by two U.S. officials in their recent interviews, said the report without further details.

The directive, which appeared on the U.S. Navy web site, obliged all U.S. Navy divisions to use the term "Arabian Gulf" for "Persian Gulf".

The Swiss ambassador promised to convey Iran's protest to the U. S. government, according to the report. The Swiss embassy in Iran has represented U.S. interests in the Islamic republic since Washington broke diplomatic relations with Tehran in 1979 over the hostage row.

Iran insists that the water in Southwest Asia located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula, which is historically known as the Persian Gulf, cannot be referred to as the "Arabian Gulf" or simply "the Gulf."

Source: Xinhua


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