Qatar on Wednesday said Persian Gulf Arab nations must engage with Iran for regional security.
“Engagement [with Iran] is important for all of us as the PGCC countries,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said referring to the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.
“Our aim is to achieve a regional security understanding between the PGCC and Iran,” he told the Global Security Forum held in the Qatari capital Doha in comments carried by Al Jazeera.
Speaking about Qatar’s possible role in the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers, he said: “It is in our interests to see the nuclear deal with Iran back in.”
“We are going to provide any support needed by all parties. We are talking and engaging with Iran, encouraging them and the US to go back to the deal,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
Parties to the nuclear deal, from which the US withdrew unilaterally in 2018, are expected to resume talks soon in the Austrian capital Vienna to restore the tattered pact.
“We have managed to contain several situations from exploding. Qatar will continue with this role because it is in our national interest. Iran is our neighbor, we share borders, water, gas fields … we need to see Iran flourishing and being an active, positive player in our region,” the Qatari top diplomat pointed out.