Iran FM, Emir of Qatar hold talks in Doha

IFP – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held a meeting with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during his one-day visit to Doha.

During the Tuesday meeting, Zarif and Sheikh Tamim conferred on bilateral relations between Tehran and Doha as well as regional issues.

Zarif arrived in Doha on Monday in his first trip to the Persian Gulf littoral state since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June.

The four countries accuse Qatar of backing “extremism” and fostering ties with their rival Iran, charges that Doha denies.

Later on Tuesday, Zarif plans to meet his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi earlier told AFP that Zarif’s talks would focus on relations in the Persian Gulf, economic cooperation, and the latest developments in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Before heading to Qatar, the Iranian top diplomat visited Muscat, the capital of Oman, where he conferred with Sultan Qaboos and his Omani counterpart on various issues of mutual interest, particularly regional issues and bilateral ties.

According to Oman’s official news agency, Zarif also held talks with Omani authorities on energy, economy and transit as well as the potential transfer of Iran’s gas through the Sultanate of Oman to India.

Oman and Iran in 2014 agreed to build an underwater pipeline to pump Iranian gas to the Omani port city of Sohar.