Qatar Urges Arab Outreach to Tehran

Qatar Urges Arab Outreach to Tehran

Qatar's foreign minister said regional countries that say are afraid of Iran's clout in the region should seek to resolve the issues with Tehran peacefully. "[Reaching out to Iran] is the way Qatar encourages other Arab states to choose," Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also told a US TV channel, ISNA reported on Sunday. He said members of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council had decided in a 2016 summit to promote engagement with Tehran. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have boycotted Qatar since early June, demanding, among other things, it sever ties with Tehran and stop supporting groups they regard as terrorist. Qatar has refused to become a Saudi satellite state. The top Qatari diplomat described the relationship between the gas-producing emirate and Iran as "exceptional", noting that Saudi Arabia and the UAE obstruct the implementation of (P)GCC decisions regarding expansion of ties with Tehran. Pointing to the ongoing blockade of Qatar by the Arab quartet, Sheikh Mohammed said Doha is willing to end the crisis but the Saudi action in closing borders and other illegal measures will not allow the matter to be resolved.

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