Qatar's Envoy Officially Resumes Activities in Iran

Posted August 27, 2017

After restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, Qatar has started work on "patching up a new radical ideology" in the region as foundation of this growing alliance, The Dependent has learnt.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's principled and permanent policy has been and will be enhancing relations with all its neighbors", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said after the Qatari announcement.

Qatar said in a statement that the move "expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields".

The ministry's statement said the two "discussed bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them, as well as a number of issues of common concern".

In June, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East. Attempts by Kuwait, the USA and others have failed to make headway.

Qatar had withdrawn its ambassador early a year ago in a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, after two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran were attacked during protests against the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

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The decision came despite Iranian officials' condemnation of the attacks and prosecution of perpetrators.

Despite recalling its ambassador, Qatar maintained its economic ties with Iran, with which it shares the world's largest natural gas reservoir, called the South Pars Gas Field in Tehran and the North Field in Doha.

"The solution to the Gulf crisis is clear", he said. Unlike Riyadh, however, Doha had not cut all diplomatic ties with Iran.

Tehran has called for dialogue between the two Arab sides to end the rift and has moved to meet Qatar's urgent needs by providing it with food and other supplies and allowing Qatari passenger planes to use air routes traversing Iran.

Qatar's minister of defence Khalid al-Attiyah has warned that the #Arab countries who have imposed blockades on the country must first apologise before engaging in any dialogue to settle the #Gulf Crisis. "The wisdom that we hoped for was completely absent".

To stop boycotting Qatar, the Arab countries issued 13 demands including curbing relations with Iran. She declined to comment on the restoration of Doha-Tehran ties.