Qatari Emir Calls for Promotion of Ties

Qatari Emir Calls for Promotion of Ties
Qatari Emir Calls for Promotion of Ties

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stressed the need for development of mutual ties, saying Doha has invariably attached importance to promotion of relations and cooperation with Tehran.
“I hope that by overcoming the [existing] adversities and problems, great strides will be made for expansion of the two countries’ relations,” he said in a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, reported. 
The Qatari leader also felicitated the Iranian people and government on the occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), which is one of the biggest Islamic festivities, and wished that the occasion brings along “blessings” for the entire Muslim community.  
Rouhani said establishment of security in the region is only possible through cooperation among all regional countries.
“[Establishment of] security and stability in the region is only possible within the framework of regional cooperation and we can definitely bring better conditions to the region by expanding cooperation,” he added. 
Rouhani’s remarks concerning the importance of regional cooperation for the enhancement of collective security comes amid ongoing US intervention in the region.
The Middle East has seen almost two decades of military presence and interference by the United States and its allies, who have turned the hugely strategic region into a lucrative market for their incessant arms sales.
On Tehran-Doha ties, Rouhani said that “as two age-old neighbors”, the countries’ relations stand at a positive level, insisting that the Islamic Republic sees no limit to expanding its relations with Qatar “as a friendly and brotherly country”.
The president hoped that efforts by the two sides’ authorities will contribute to “development and consolidation” of bilateral economic relations and cooperation.
He also expressed hope that the two countries’ officials will meet in person in the near future with the expected improvement of the overall situation, apparently referring to the current limitations that have been imposed due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Iran rushed to Qatar’s assistance in 2017 by sending generous food supplies to the Persian Gulf nation after Saudi Arabia and its allies severed their diplomatic and trade ties with the Arab country.
The quartet has been accusing Doha of meddling in regional affairs and supporting terrorism, something that Doha roundly rejects as unjustified and based on false claims and assumptions.

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