News ID: 279702
Published: 0337 GMT January 20, 2021

Tehran welcomes Qatar’s proposal for talks between Iran, Persian Gulf Arab states

Tehran welcomes Qatar’s proposal for talks between Iran, Persian Gulf Arab states
IRNA
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting in Tehran on January 20, 2021.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed his Qatari counterpart’s proposal for dialogue between the Persian Gulf Arab countries and Iran.

Speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Zarif said that Iran has always supported dialogue between the regional countries to resolve differences, IRNA reported.

Referring to relations between the two countries, the Iranian foreign minister said that Tehran has good relations with Doha.

He also on Tuesday reacted to the Qatar’s proposal, saying that Tehran has long demanded neighborly cooperation towards establishing a strong region.

“Iran welcomes my brother FM @MBA_AlThani_’s call for inclusive dialogue in our region,” Zarif wrote in a post published on his official Twitter account.

He added, “As we have consistently emphasized, the solution to our challenges lies in collaboration to jointly form a ‘strong region’: peaceful, stable, prosperous & free from global or regional hegemony.”

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Monday called for Persian Gulf Arab countries to hold talks with Iran, saying that Doha believes that the dialogue between the neighboring countries should happen.

The top Qatari diplomat, who has previously called for dialogue with Iran, told Bloomberg TV he was "hopeful that this would happen and we still believe this should happen".

This is also a desire that's shared by other Persian Gulf Cooperation Council countries, he said, AFP reported.

 

Qatar’s resistance

 

Referring to a recent deal struck between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, which led to the end of an economic blockade on Qatar, the Iranian foreign minister on Wednesday appreciated Doha’s success in achieving its goals thorough resistance which also did not allow those who imposed blockade on the Persian Gulf Arab state to reach their goals, according to IRNA.

On January 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain reestablished diplomatic ties with Qatar following a three-year-and-half dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar and imposed a total blockade on the tiny Persian Gulf nation in June 2017 over Doha’s close relations with Iran and Turkey as well as allegations over its support for funding terrorism.

The four countries closed their airspace, land, and sea routes to Qatari planes, cars, and vessels.

After securing the deal with Saudi Arabia and its allies to end the dispute, Qatar underlined that it will not alter its relations with Iran and Turkey.

The Qatari foreign minister told the Financial Times that Doha had agreed to cooperate on counterterrorism and “transnational security” with Saudi Arabia and three other states.

But he said “bilateral relationships are mainly driven by a sovereign decision of the country … [and] the national interest”. “So there is no effect on our relationship with any other country,” he said in an interview.

 

 

 

   
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