Iran: Google's Striking of 'Persian Gulf' Undermines Firm's Credibility

In letter to Google co-founder Larry Paige, Iran's UN envoy Mohammad Khazaee says Persian Gulf's dates back to ancient Greek historians.

Google's unwillingness to label the Persian Gulf with a name on its maps undermines the firm's credibility in the world and ignores thousands of years of historical fact, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations wrote in a letter to Google co-founder Larry Paige on Wednesday.

The letter, made public by the official Iranian news agency IRNA, came after last week Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast warned Tehran could sue the internet giant if Google does not restore the name of the Persian Gulf.

The threat comes after the famous search engine left the body of water between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula nameless on its online map service.

Citing the letter on Wednesday, IRNA reported that Iran's permanent representative to the UN Mohammad Khazaee urged Paige to restore the waterway's "historical" name, saying that Google's policy "will result in nothing but undermining the credibility and professional performance of the corporation, and this will entail the dissatisfaction of a great nation and those who are concerned about the politically-motivated abuse of historical and geographical facts.”

Khazaee stressed that the Persian Gulf has been the only title used for the water way, saying the “Persian Gulf since the time when Greek historians started to write down the history; a name which was continued to be used by all geography experts all through the history until today."

According to the IRNA report, the Iranian official also noted that Google's move could start  a "dangerous" trend of manipulating historical names in favor of political interests.