“The issues of Yemen and Syria can be also solved through dialogue. Of course, dialogue should not be undertaken from a weak position at a time that the opposite parties, mostly the United States and others, rely on military and financial power,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a Thursday meeting with the visiting Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, during which the Leader called for increased political and economic cooperation between the two countries, Press TV reported.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that management of the region does not need any meddling by foreign parties, adding, “Wherever Zionists go, they foment corruption and can give no power or concession to [regional] countries.”
“Therefore, we, as regional countries, must boost our relations as much as we can through common thinking and cooperation,” he said.
Confirming the Qatari emir’s remarks in which he condemned Israeli crimes, the Leader described decades-long oppression of the Palestinian people by “evil Zionists” as a bitter reality and a blow to the Islamic world and the Arab world.
“In the face of these crimes, the Islamic Republic of Iran expects the Arab world to take explicit political action,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
Referring to Israeli attacks on the restive Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the occupied Al-Quds, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The support offered by some Arab countries to Palestinian people in that case did not even match up to [the support offered by] some European [countries] and they took no [decisive] position. Even now, they are still acting like that.”
“If this approach taken by Arab countries is out of fear of the Zionist regime or having hopes in it, they must know that today, the occupying regime is in conditions that nobody can have hopes in or be afraid of it,” he said.
The Qatari Emir, for his part, said Israeli crimes in Palestine are horrible and must be confronted by all regional countries.
Expressing regret over the Israeli killing of a Palestinian journalist on Wednesday, he said, “Zionists committed this crime in cold blood.”
Foreigners undermine regional security
Earlier in the day, Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and Sheikh Tamim held a joint press conference after their meeting. Raeisi negated all forms of foreign presence in the West Asia region, especially by Western countries.
“Such [foreign] presence does not bring security to the region, but on the contrary, undermines it,” the Iranian president said.
“During our talks, we discussed major regional issues, especially the issue of Yemen,” Iran’s president said, adding, “We emphasized that the blockade of Yemen [by the Saudi-led military coalition] must end and Yemenis must be allowed to decide the fate of their country.”
The two leaders, Raeisi said, also laid emphasis on the need for the liberation of the occupied Al-Quds, an end to the siege of Gaza, and termination of Israel's crimes against Palestinians.
Iran’s president said the two sides emphasized the expansion of relations in all sectors, including politics, economy, trade, culture, tourism, and energy.
Joint investment between Tehran and Doha and the implementation of mutual agreements reached during Raeisi’s recent visit to Qatar were other highlights of his discussions with the emir of Qatar.
Iran’s president noted that the Qatari emir’s visit will be a turning point in the two countries’ relations and will play a very important role in boosting mutual cooperation at regional and international levels.
Sheikh Tamim said the two sides agreed that resolution of the current problems facing the region is only possible through dialogue and negotiations.
“The existing problems in the region must be settled through constructive dialogue,” he said, adding that the two sides also discussed the ongoing situation in Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
The Qatari emir added that the cause of Palestine is the main issue of the region, noting that this issue must be resolved in a comprehensive manner, addressing all its aspects.