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14:37 | 2012-04-29


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VP: Persian Gulf Belongs to Iran Forever

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Vice-President Seyed Hassan Moussavi reiterated Iran's sovereignty over the Persian Gulf, saying that the Iranian ownership of the sea is indisputable.

Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony on the occasion of the National Day of the Persian Gulf in Iran's Southern port city of Bushehr, Moussavi who is also the Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) said, "Commemorating the Persian Gulf Day doesn't mean that we are in dispute with other countries (over its identity), rather it means that the Persian Gulf belongs to Iran forever."

"We have no dispute over (the ownership of) the Persian Gulf with those whose history is no longer than a few hundred years."

"The Persian Gulf has always been and is Iranian and the Iranian people have been in this region for the last 5,000 years," Moussavi underscored, warning that the US and colonialist states are seeking to spark tension between the regional countries and Iran over the Persian Gulf.

While historical documents show that the waterway has always been referred to as the 'Persian Gulf', certain Arab states have recently mounted efforts to remove 'Persian' from the name of the waterway.

Iran designated April 30 as the National Persian Gulf Day to highlight the fact that the waterway has been referred to by historians and ancient texts as 'Persian' since the Achaemenid Empire was established in what is now modern day Iran.

In July 2010, archeological excavations in the Iranian port city of Siraf yielded new evidence confirming the antiquity of the Persian Gulf title.

Iranian archeologists discovered Sassanid and early-Islamic residential strata as well as a number of intact amphoras used in sea trade during the Parthian, Abbasid and early Islamic eras.