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‘Persian Gulf’ dating back to Achaemenid era: IRGC cmdr

Tehran, The Darius inscription found in Suez Canal proves that the name of the waterway on Iran's southern borders has been 'Persian Gulf' since the Achaemenid era in Persia or even before that time, a senior Iranian military official said on Monday.

The Persian Gulf has always been the junction between the powerful countries inside and outside of the region, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), addressing the Persian Gulf National Day ceremony which is underway in the Iranian capital attended by a large number of national officials and intellectuals.

Through history of the region, the Persian Gulf has always been regarded as having a strategic position, the General Salami said.

In the documents as well as different agreements in the past between Iran and Portugal, Germany, Britain, France and Netherlands, the name of the waterway on Iran's southern borders has been mentioned as the 'Persian Gulf,' the commander said, adding there are many historical documents in this relation.

In addition, the most reputable Arabic dictionary 'Al Munjid' has used the word 'Persian Gulf,' Salami said, referring to attempts by certain Arab countries to forge a fabricated name in their references to the 'Persian Gulf'.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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