TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian referred to the Persian Gulf as a key part of the undeniable and common identity of Iran and the region.
“The Persian Gulf is a key part of the undeniable and common identity of Iran and the region and a natural resource full of benefits for people living around it,” Amirabdollahian said in a post on his Twitter account on Sunday on the occasion of the National Persian Gulf Day.
“Maximum use of the Persian Gulf will depend on the security, convergence and collective participation of the littoral states of this dignified body of water. Happy Persian Gulf National Day!” he added.
Iran on Sunday held ceremonies to celebrate the national day, which symbolizes the Islamic Republic’s unwavering anti-hegemonic stance and dismisses futile attempts by certain regional countries to rename the strategic body of water.
The Persian Gulf —which spans some 251,000 square kilometers— is bounded by the Arvand River in the north, which forms the frontier between Iran and Iraq, and the Strait of Hormuz in the south, which links the Persian Gulf to the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
The strategic inland sea is an international trade route connecting West Asia to Africa, India, and China.