News ID: 205905
Published: 0702 GMT December 10, 2017

Qatar response to sanctions 'wise': Iran's envoy

Qatar response to sanctions 'wise': Iran's envoy

Sanctions against Qatar are antihuman, cruel, unjustified and illegal, Iran's ambassador to Doha said, praising the 'wise' behavior of the Persian Gulf country vis- a-vis the sanctions.

Some six months ago, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt closed their land, air and maritime borders with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism, IRNA reported.

Iran's ambassador to Qatar Mohammad Ali Sobhaninia told IRNA that negotiation is the best solution for the rift.

Iran has always been calling on the two sides for negotiation since the early days of the crisis.

“Escalation is not in favor of any party, rather it will cause instability and insecurity in the strategic region, especially in an era that the region is experiencing a hard, sensitive situation and requires understanding, integrity and tranquility,” he said.

Praising Iran-Qatar relations, Sobhaninia said, “Due to the lots of commonalities, the two countries' relations have been old, historical and based on fraternity, amity, good-neighborliness, and mutual respect throughout the history.”

Iran's ambassador described Tehran-Doha relations as firm and flourishing, and said that these are the indications of the two countries' will and resolve for taking steps to boost relations.

The Iranian diplomat also extended his congratulations on Qatar's National Day (December 18).

Qatar declared independence from Britain in 1971.

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