News ID: 254639
Published: 0944 GMT June 21, 2019

Qatar calls for dialogue to end rifts between Iran, Persian Gulf Arab states

Qatar calls for dialogue to end rifts between Iran, Persian Gulf Arab states

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani called for dialogue to end political differences between Iran and some Persian Gulf Arab states.

The foreign minister made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Meleșcanu on Thursday, according to IRNA.

He stressed the need for peaceful coexistence between the Persian Gulf Arab states and Iran.

Al Thani said that the change of geography is not in the hands of any country, adding that Iran is geographically close to all the states in the region.

He also touched upon recent tensions between Iran and the United States in the Persian Gulf and asked the international community to resolve it through dialogue in order to avoid the impact of the crisis on the Persian Gulf region and its security.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been escalated in recent months following the US military deployment in the Persian Gulf and attacks on several oil tankers in the region.

The Qatari official condemned the attacks on the oil tankers, and said it is harmful to the energy security, the security of not only the Persian Gulf region, but the entire world.

One Japanese-owned and one Norwegian-owned tanker were struck by explosions near the strategic Strait of Hormuz on June 13 in the Gulf of Oman. Tokyo said both vessels were carrying “Japanese-related” cargo.

In May 2019, four vessels – including two Saudi oil tankers – were also attacked off the UAE coast near Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs.




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