Confirmation of strategic interests of Iran in the Persian Gulf and regenerating Siraf's position in trade is on top of the agenda in Siraf international conference in Bushehr.
Tehran, 14 November 2005 (CHN)-- International conference of Siraf is a proof of Iran's strategic interests in the Persian Gulf region. Experts are looking for regenerating Siraf's position in Iran's world trade with eastern Asia and Africa, and introducing the strong scientific and historical position of the region in the Islamic world.
Siraf International conference started today, 14 of November, in Boushehr City. The conference will consider numerous aspects of Siraf during history.
"It is supposed that the conference will face us with an interaction between industry and technology, with the ancient culture and civilization in the northern part of the Persian Gulf in a near future. Regarding the exploitative attitude of Arabian governments towards the Persian Gulf and their political claim to the Persian Gulf which is absolutely groundless, the main aims in this conference is to fulfill and strengthen strategic interests of Iran in the region, regeneration of Siraf's role in the international trade, introducing its scientific and historical position in the Islamic world, introducing Siraf's scientists' role in spreading different sciences, and maintaining the remained historical evidence in this historical port," says Abdolkarim Mashayekhi, secretary of the international conference of Siraf and head of Bushehr's Iranology Center.
Siraf is located in the northern shore of the Persian Gulf. According to the coins discovered recently in the region, the port dates back to the Parthian era. Siraf was one of the most important geopolitical regions in the Persian Gulf during ancient times.
"Siraf is important from several aspects. Along with its strategic position during different periods of history, it was very important regarding its location by the sea. Once sailors of Siraf, called the lions of the sea, with their big vessels sailed across the oceans and had trade with the south-east, east of Asia and Africa and some far regions such as Vietnam and China independently.
Siraf flourished in trade, which resulted in growth of art and culture in the region. Referring to historical evidence more than a hundred scientists, priests, mathematicians, medical doctors were appeared in the region and were teaching in scientific fields of the world such as Baghdad, and Damascus, and Iranian scientific associations.
During the first centuries of Hejira, Siraf was the most important and affluent marine commerce port of Iran through which Iran had relations with countries such as India, North Africa, and the neighborhood regions. After an earthquake which took place in the 4th century Hejira, some parts of the harbor drowned and it lost its role as a business hub.
According to Mashayekhi, the authorities of the conference are looking for proving the Iranian identity of Persian Gulf, and to protect the perimeters of Persian Gulf, and they have done their best to fulfill the aim.
Since some of the invaluable evidence from the Parthian, Sassanid, and the beginning of the Islamic era are remaining in Siraf port, it is considered a key source in proving the Iranian identity of the Persian Gulf against groundless claims by the neighboring Arab countries over its possession.
During the first day of the international conference of Siraf, some archaeologists, academic members of universities, and researches in the field of Iranology and Persian Gulf from Iran, Columbia, Britain, and the United States will give a lecture in this regard.
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