TEHRAN – Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kana’ani o on Tuesday Deplored the Iraqi prime minister’s use of a wrong name for the Persian Gulf, and said such fake titles could not change the reality.
In a statement, Kana’ani deplored the application of a fake title for the Persian Gulf by a number of Iraqi organizations and officials, including its prime minister.
“The name ‘Persian Gulf’ for this water body is a historical, eternal, documented, and undeniable reality. The repetition of a fabricated name would not change the fact or create any legitimacy (for misnomer),” the Iranian spokesperson underlined.
Kanaani said the Persian Gulf has been referred to by the same name for thousands of years in ancient documents, maps, travelogues, and texts, and will be called the Persian Gulf forever.
“The relations between Iran and Iraq are beyond the individuals and institutions and have their roots in the history and civilization of the two countries and nations,” he added, reminding the Iraqi officials that it is impossible to appease others at the cost of the rich and historical solidarity among regional countries.
The spokesman went on to say that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a letter of protest to Iraq over the prime minister’s comments.
Asked in a recent interview with Deutsche Welle whether the Gulf is Persian or Arabic, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the “Arab” Gulf states “is a reality” and Iraq does not intend to get involved in the issues which some seek to provoke.
And also Kana’ani denounced the “invalid” comments from the South Korean president on Iran’s relations with the United Arab Emirates, saying Tehran expects an explanation from Seoul.
In a statement on Monday, Kana’ani said the Foreign Ministry is looking into and pursuing the meddling comments of the South Korean president about relations between Iran and the UAE as two neighbors and friends.
The spokesman also said what the South Korean official was quoted as saying shows he is totally unaware of the historical and friendly relations between Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states, including the UAE, as well as the very quick
and positive developments in this regard.
Kana’ani stressed that the Iranian Foreign Ministry is seriously following the recent stance adopted by South Korea, especially the remarks by the country’s president about the Tehran-Abu Dhabi ties which is unwarranted diplomatically. He also noted that Iran is awaiting an explanation from the South Korean Foreign Ministry about the issue.
Addressing the UAE-based Korean forces during a recent trip to the Persian Gulf Arab state, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol drew a parallel between the alleged threat posed to his country by North Korea and what he called the “threat” facing Abu Dhabi from Iran. He then described Iran as the “most-threatening nation” to the UAE.