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'Persian Gulf symbol of Iran civilization'
Sun, 01 May 2011 08:58:17 GMT
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Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi
Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi says the name “Persian Gulf” epitomizes the grandeur of Iran's civilization.

“More than three thousand years ago, the nations of Pars ... established the land of Persia and since then the name of the Persian Gulf has been regarded as one of the supreme symbols of the Iranian civilization,” IRNA quoted Rahimi as saying at the first Persian Gulf International Festival late Saturday.

He pointed to Iran's “great culture and civilization,” saying those countries which have no history of their own seek to coin a “fake name” for this part of the Iranian civilization.

The Iranian official accused Britain of attempting to change the name of the Persian Gulf.

“Wherever Britain has set foot in, it has provoked sedition. The dispute over [the name of] the Persian Gulf is one of the plots of this country,” he cautioned.

However, all the Iranian races are proud of the name of the Persian Gulf, Rahimi insisted.

While historical documents show that the waterway has always been referred to as the “Persian Gulf,” certain Arab states have recently mounted efforts to remove “Persian” from the name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

National Persian Gulf Day marks the anniversary of the expulsion of Portuguese military forces from the Strait of Hormoz in 1622, during the reign of Safavid king Shah Abbas I (1587-1629).

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