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Qatar Row: Iran Calls for Peace in Region

Qatar Row: Iran Calls for Peace in Region Qatar Row: Iran Calls for Peace in Region

Iran has called Persian Gulf Arab states to resolve their current disputes through dialogue.

Iran wants its southern neighbors in the Persian Gulf region to avoid hasty decisions and embrace rationality to reduce tensions and enhance their relations, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi, said hours after the news came in that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along with Egypt, have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and moved to close air, sea and land borders with the Persian Gulf emirate.

The unprecedented move was meant to be a punishment over Qatar's relationship with Iran and its support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Neighbors are permanent; geography can't be changed. Coercion is never the solution. Dialog is imperative, especially during blessed Ramadan

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 5, 2017

In another comment, a senior official censured Saudi Arabia and three of its Arab allies for breaking off relations with Qatar, saying the age of "tribalism" and imposing guardianship on other states has come to an end.

"The time for playing big brother is over," Hamid Aboutalebi, the deputy chief of staff of President Hassan Rouhani, wrote on Twitter on Monday,

"The age of sanctions has also ended and cutting diplomatic relations, closing borders, encircling countries and expelling them from coalitions would not lead to the exit from the crisis," he wrote.

Aboutalebi said continuing to "domineer" others would only bring more chaos, and dialogue is the only way of settling differences.  

 

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