International Persian Gulf Confab to be held in Isfahan

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Isfahan, May 23, IRNA-An international conference dubbed `Persian Gulf in the Course of History’ will open at Isfahan University on Tuesday.

Secretary of the conference Ali Akbar Kajbaf told IRNA on Monday that out of 143 treatises received by the secretariat of the upcoming event 52 selected ones will be presented.

He added that the conference, which is scheduled to be inaugurated by Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, will be attended by a number of scholars and researchers specialized in history.

“Over 25 foreign guests from Britain, Germany, the US, Iraq, Kuwait and Tajikistan will participate in the upcoming conference.

“The conference mainly aims to re-examine the role of Persian Gulf in national developments in the course of history. Besides, respecting the name of the Persian Gulf in the course of history from geographical, historical, political and legal perspective is another objective of the event,” he added.

Kajbaf said that the international seminar, which has been organized upon the proposal of the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology and approval of the cabinet, is being held to introduce the Persian Gulf status in the region.

“Given the false names suggested for the Persian Gulf and the attempts underway by some of the countries bordering it and a few British research centers to compile books titled the Arab Gulf based on fake documents, the conference aims to present documented reasons to prove the name of the Persian Gulf,” he added.

The official said that holding scientific meetings and specialized debates in the presence of domestic and foreign scholars and researchers on the issue are among the major programs of the upcoming conference.

“The organizers of the event wish to prevent illusive claims and substituting the name of the `Persian Gulf’ with the false title of the Arab Gulf,” added Kajbaf.

Head of the History Department of Isfahan University said that the distinction between the upcoming conference and the other seminars held on the issue is that this will be the first specialized gathering on the Persian Gulf to be held by the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology.

He added that the 87 articles submitted to the secretariat of the conference will be published in three volumes in Persian, Arabic and English languages.

“The international seminar has been arranged jointly by Isfahan University, the Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies in cooperation with the Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations, Isfahan province Governorate General, Municipality, Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance and two private companies.

The two-day conference (May 24-25) will be held at Sa’eb and Shariati halls of Isfahan University.



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