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Persian Gulf historical atlas forum held in Paris

Paris, April 6, IRNA - Persian Gulf historical Atlas forum was held here Thursday evening in the presence of researchers and experts from France, Portugal, Germany and Iran.

Sponsors of the forum were Paris Strategic Studies Center, Tehran University and Iran's Foreign Ministry.

Discussion and exchanging views on the Persian Gulf historical atlas from the 16th to 18th centuries and a glance at its current situation and its stance in the reputable geographical maps were among the topics of the forum.

Iran's Ambassador to Paris Ali Ahani was among speakers in the forum.

In his remarks, Ahani called Persian Gulf as a joint cultural and historical heritage of mankind and said its name, "Persian Gulf" and its equivalent names have always been used in the whole history and in all languages and cultures.

Referring to the authentic historical maps that exist in the famous museums and world known archives some of which have been registered in the UNESCO as nations' cultural heritage is a proof of authenticity of this historical name.

Another speaker in the forum was Mr. Asghar Qoreyshi, director general of Iran's foreign ministry for historical documents who expounded on the importance of documents, communications and historical maps in international relations.

He said, "There are 5 million historical documents, millions of pages of Iran's diplomatic communications in the 16-18 centuries as well as hundreds of the world leaders messages and also seven thousand historical maps in the office." Qoreyshi said many of the valuable maps in Iran's foreign ministry have been drawn by famous European cartographers.

Jorge Manuel Flores, a professor in geographic cartography science from Brown University in the US underlined the science as one of the basic and principled human sciences which had helped human beings for more interaction in the past centuries.

The Portuguese scientist said in his remarks, "Persian Gulf has always been named as an important waterway in all valid and reputable maps of the world since 15th century."

He added, " This gulf from that time was known as the Persian Gulf and the existing maps with their precise points have been drawn by this name."

Elio Brancaforte a German professor of Towlan University in New Orleans, US, was another speaker in the forum who explained about German cartographers concerning the Persian Gulf.

Germans have tried to know the Persian Gulf more and more since the 15th century because of its commercial importance.

He said, in remaining maps by German cartographers since the 15th century, the importance of the Persian Gulf and its historical name has always been emphasized.

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