Kish Island, Hormuzgan prov, April 29, IRNA - Persian Gulf plays a decisive role in the country's sustainable development and the three free trade zones in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea area are very effective in attracting domestic and foreign investment.
Khark, Abu Mousa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs, Kish, Qeshm and Lavan are among the major islands of the Persian Gulf belonging to Iran.
Exploration of oil and gas in the Persian Gulf accounts for it being considered as one of the world most important economic centers.
Such a significance makes some Western profiteers and a number of the countries along the Persian Gulf coast to fund big sums of money to achieve their vicious targets to change the name of the Persian Gulf to the fake name of `Arab gulf'.
The Sunni Friday prayers leader of Kish Island, Yaqub Shams, told IRNA that changing the Persian Gulf's name is not acceptable, given that all world nations have been familiar with it since ancient times.
The Persian Gulf with its God-granted major resources has been playing a decisive role in Iran's economic and social development in the past 1,400 years.
To safeguard the cultural and historical identity of the Iranian nation, the High Council of Cultural Revolution has called April 30, marking the withdrawal of Portuguese forces from the Strait of Hormuz as the National Persian Gulf Day.
Some archaeologists consider the Persian Gulf as the hub of global civilization and that the ancient residents of the area were the first people who learned navigation and invented ship to link the West and East.
The Persian Gulf is the heritage of ancient Iran. It has been referred to by the same name by various dictionaries in different languages including German, English, American, French and Turkish.
The Persian Gulf is the world third biggest gulf, after Mexican and Hudson gulfs.
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