Oral Answers to Questions — Persia.

– in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has had any official intimation from the present Government of Persia as to the name by which they wish their country to be known in future?

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Would it not be better if we could make some arrangement regarding what is to be the name of what the Prime Minister calls Persia and the right hon. Gentleman's Department calls Iran?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

As we call Belgique "Belgium," is there any reason why we should not call any other foreign country by its Anglicised name?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

It has been our habit to call foreigners any name we like. I think in this particular case there is a rule that in our documents we call it Persia among ourselves, but call it Iran in communications to the Government there, as they desire.