Qatar restores Diplomatic ties to Iran

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said it has plans to boost all-out ties with Iran and its ambassador will return to the Islamic Republic.

Doha said its ambassador will be back in Tehran some 20 months after he was recalled in protest to an attack against Saudi Arabia’s missions by Iranian protesters who were angry at Riyadh’s execution of a senior Shia Muslim cleric.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said its envoy would “return to resume his diplomatic duties”, as Doha seeks to improve relations in all areas with the Islamic Republic.

The statement did not mention any more details including the ambassador’s name or the exact time of his return to Tehran.

However, it said that Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has discussed “mutual ties and ways of reinforcing and developing them” in a phone call with his Iranian opposite number Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The decision to elevate relations with the Islamic Republic comes amid a diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

The Arab countries allied with Saudi Arabia blame Doha of interfering in the domestic affairs of other states and sponsoring terrorism, an accusation Qatar has rejected as “groundless”.

The diplomatic crisis, the worst since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the subsequent Persian Gulf War, has seen the Arab nations cut ties to Qatar, which hosts a major US military base and will be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Doha has been receiving fresh food supplies from the Iran, which has also allowed Qatar’s national carrier to use its airspace.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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