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IRGC Navy chief says 'nobody can put a fake name' on Persian Gulf

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy. (File photo)

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has said that nobody can put a fake name on the Persian Gulf.

Speaking on the occasion of the Persian Gulf National Day, Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri said, “This is the Persian Gulf and nobody can put a fake name on this location.”

"The Persian Gulf has been the Persian Gulf for ages, because the whole area was under Persian control … and today on the southern side of the Persian Gulf we have the Arab states," he said. 

Tangsiri said the presence of foreigners in this region signals the importance and high sensitivity of the Persian Gulf, pointing out that the region was rich in energy resources, including oil and gas, as well as fish.    

The IRGC top commander also said, "the onus is upon our Iranian youth, God-willing, to duly defend and protect this valuable inheritance left to us by Persians of the past, that must be transferred on to future generations."

He insisted that regional states themselves can maintain the security in this sensitive region, and there is no need for the presence of foreign countries in the region.

There is no justification for foreign military presence in the Persian Gulf, he said.

He went on to say that paving the way for foreigners’ intervention in the region did not convey a good message.

The Americans and Israelis have no place in the Persian Gulf, he said, warning that any person or any country attempting to target Iran's interests in the area will face dire consequences.

The Persian Gulf Day is held annually on April 30, which marks the anniversary of Iran's successful military campaign against the Portuguese, forcing them out of the Strait of Hormuz in 1622.

However, after the Portuguese left the British established political control over much of the Persian Gulf in the early 1800s and kept it for 150 years, later giving their place to the United States.

With some 250,000 square kilometers in area, the Persian Gulf is surrounded by the Shatt al-Arab waterway in the north, which forms the frontier between Iran and Iraq, and the Strait of Hormuz in the south, which connects the sea to the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

The Persian Gulf littoral states include Iran, Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. The Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman.

Today, the Persian Gulf is a busy international trade route for transferring oil and gas, connecting West Asia to Africa, India, and China.

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