News ID: 278355
Published: 0255 GMT December 19, 2020

Rouhani expresses confidence in enhanced Iran-Qatar ties

Rouhani expresses confidence in enhanced Iran-Qatar ties
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran and Qatar have always had “friendly and close” relations, expressing confidence that the two countries will further improve ties to serve common interests.

In a message to Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Saturday, the Iranian president extended his congratulations to him over Qatar National Day, Press TV reported.

“I am confident that in the light of the will of the two countries’ senior officials, the cordial relationship will be expanded and continue in the future to serve the interests of the two nations,” Rouhani said.

He also expressed hope that Tehran and Doha would make use of their vast potentiality and capabilities to further improve cooperation in all areas.

The Iranian chief executive wished success and health for the Qatari emir and prosperity for the country’s people.

Qatar National Day is a national commemoration of the country’s unification in 1878. It is celebrated annually on December 18 and is known as Founder's Day.

The Qatari emir paid a key visit to Tehran in January and held talks with senior Iranian officials on ways of enhancing bilateral relations, latest developments in the region and regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Speaking at a meeting with the Iranian president, Al Thani said at the time that his country attaches importance to cooperation with Iran as an influential player in the region, pointing out that any security coordination among regional countries will be of no avail in the absence of the Islamic Republic.

Qatar believes heightened tension in the region is not beneficial to any country, the Emir said, highlighting the fact that the Islamic Republic has always pursued a wise and prudent stance on regional developments.

Qatar is close to the United States and hosts its largest military base in West Asia, but Doha also enjoys friendly ties with Tehran, with whom it shares the world's largest gas field.


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