October 4, The Iran Project – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif started his two-day trip to Oman and Qatar on Monday (Oct 2), within the framework of his regular consultations with senior officials of the two countries.
While in Muscat, Zarif held a meeting with Sultan Qaboos bins Said al Said and discussed bilateral ties, regional issues like Syria, Yemen and developments in northern Iraq.
Zarif also held talks with his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.
Iranian Foreign Minister later left Oman for Qatar to discuss the latest international and regional developments with the senior officials of that country
Zarif in his first trip by an Iranian top-ranking official to Doha after disputes with Riyadh and its allies in recent months arrived in Doha on Monday from Oman for talks with the Qatari officials.
He met Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha on Tuesday and the two officials discussed regional issues and bilateral relations.
Iranian FM also expressed hope that the bilateral ties between Tehran-Doha in every sphere will be further enhanced and the authorities provide the people and private sectors with facilities to have more engagement and use economic and trade opportunities.
Meanwhile, the Qatari Emir described Tehran-Doha bilateral relations as “ever-enhancing”, and said that Qatari government and people have always been seeking the best ties with their northern neighbors.
Zarif also reviewed issues of mutual interest with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 over allegations that it supports “extremism” and is too close to Iran – charges Doha has repeatedly denied.