|Persian Gulf needs peace, security: Iran||
TEHRAN – Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the country assigns a high priority to peace and security in the Persian Gulf region, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic does not seek to create any tension in the region.
He made the remarks during a ceremony in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Tuesday held to commemorate National Persian Gulf Day, which is annually celebrated by Iranians on April 30.
National Persian Gulf Day marks the anniversary of the expulsion of Portuguese military forces from the Strait of Hormuz in 1622, during the reign of Safavid king Shah Abbas I (1587-1629).
Commenting on measures to ensure the security in the Persian Gulf region, he said, “Certain countries assume that they should rely on foreign agents to guarantee the region’s security.”
“Stability and security can be simply achieved through the adoption of inter-regional measures and convergence (between regional countries),” Larijani noted.
In addition to its significance in terms of economy and environment, the security in the Persian Gulf region, for both geopolitical and geostrategic reasons, should be given highly priority, he noted.
“The Persian Gulf has experienced various environmental ups and downs. (For instance) the presence of foreign vessels using nuclear fuel has been a challenge for the sea,” Larijani said.
He also commented on the disputes arisen over the term Persian Gulf, saying that certain countries wrongly assume that they can assert pressure on Iran through such means.
Although there is no dispute over the official name of the Persian Gulf among geographers or international organizations like the United Nations, certain Arab countries and a few Western states and media outlets have begun using the false names the “Arabian Gulf” and “The Gulf” for this body of water.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani called for more interaction among regional countries to promote economy and achieve sustainable security in the region.
The Persian Gulf is an extension of the Indian Ocean located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. Historically and internationally it is only recognized as the Persian Gulf.
Over the course of history, it has been called the Pars Sea, Pars Gulf, Fars Sea, Fars Gulf, or Bahre (Sea) Fars, all meaning Persian Sea or Persian Gulf.
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