Monday, February 22, 2010

Iran warns airlines over not calling Gulf Persian

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clipped from www.ynetnews.com
Islamic Republic's transport minister says airlines of neighboring countries flying to Iran must use 'Persian Gulf' on their flight monitors or be banned from Iranian airspace

Airlines not referring to the waterway between Iran
and the Arabian peninsula as the Persian Gulf will be banned from Iranian airspace, the transport minister told local media Monday.

The warning was directed specifically toward the airlines of neighboring Gulf Arab countries who have a history of referring to the body of water as the "Arabian Gulf."
"The airlines of the southern Persian gulf countries flying to Iran must use 'Persian Gulf' on their flight monitors
Airlines ignoring the warning would be banned from Iranian airspace, while repeat offenders would have their planes grounded in Iran and "the companies' flight permits to Iran canceled."
Iranians are traditionally sensitive over the historic name of the waterway between Iran and seven Arab nations.
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