20th Int'l Seminar on Persian Gulf opens
20th International Seminar on the Persian Gulf inaugurated here on Monday with the speech of Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, IRNA reported.
Addressing the seminar, Mottaki said the Persian Gulf, as one of the most sensitive world regions, has always played a determining role in international political equations.
He regretted that the region's wealth and resources have been plundered by foreign powers through the history.
Mottaki attended the seminar after he rang the national bell of Persian Gulf in a high school in this southern city this morning.
The two-day seminar is being held by Tehran-based Institute for Political and International Studies.
Regional developments and emergence of global challenges such as financial crisis and terrorism will be among topics to be discussed by participants in the event.
The delegates will also study war and consequences of occupation of the two countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, ecological crises and the necessity for regional cooperation.