FM: Qatar needs to strengthen ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah on Saturday said his country and other Arab nations need to reinvigorate their ties and cooperation with Iran as a regional actor.

“Arabs on the rims of the Persian Gulf need consolidated relations with Tehran,” al-Attiyah said in an interview with Saudi paper, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, on Saturday.

The Qatari foreign minister pointed to Qatar-Iran relations, and said, “The two countries are presently having good relations.”

Last month in a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Doha, al-Attiyah underscored that Doha is eager to enhance relations with Tehran by any means.

Al-Attiyah said that Qatari officials will make every effort based on the guidelines of their Emir to further promote relations with Tehran.

Points of agreement between Iran and Qatar are much more than their points of difference, he said, adding that with reliance on these points of agreement, the two countries can take further steps towards enhancement of bilateral relations.

Al-Attiyah said he was sure that Tehran and Doha could resolve all their differences together.

Larijani, for his part, said that establishment of security and development in the Middle-East region requires the contribution of all regional countries.

He referred to his meeting with the Emir of Qatar, and said that the Qatari Emir has positive views on regional issues and wants increased cooperation among regional countries based on mutual respect.

Both Iran and Qatar have recently augmented efforts to further expand ties and cooperation in all the different political, economic, defense, security, judicial and cultural fields.

The two Persian Gulf littoral states recently signed several protocols to increase mutual cooperation.

By Fars News Agency