According to the report of the International Relations of NCC, Dr. Jafarzadeh Imanabadi, the Director General of NCC conveyed a message to the presidents of the International Associations on the national day of the Persian Gulf.
The message is as follows:
April 30 (Ordibehesht 10 in the Persian calendar) has been designated as the National Day of the “Persian Gulf” in Iran.
The Persian Gulf is a symbol of ancient Iranian history, culture ,and civilization which is known as the vital artery of economic exchange in the Middle East.
The Persian Gulf is a strategic waterway that the malignant and colonialists have always wanted to take possession of its name for many years. However, this impossible dream, with the authority and firmness of the Iranians, will never occur due to the fact that this matter pertains to our identity and nationality.
All historical books and maps left by reputable historians unanimously name the water zone of southern Iran the "Persian Gulf," owing to the civilization of Iran or Persia with a history of thousands of years ruled on the margins of this body of water. Furthermore, the ancient Greeks called this gulf "Persicus Sinus" or "Sinus Persicus" which is the Persian Gulf. Moreover, the Persian inscription of Darius the Great in Suez, which is nearly two thousand five hundred years old, is the oldest work that uses the title "Persian Sea" engraved in its text.
Today, vessels passing through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz use nautical charts produced by National Cartographic Center of Iran (NCC). These charts which have been published internationally are embellished with the name of the Persian Gulf.
I hope that the name of the Persian Gulf is used as the only official name in all maps around the world.
Gholamali Jafarzadeh Imanabadi
Director General of Natioanl Cartographic Center of Iran (NCC)
Translator : Hamed Moradian