Envoy blames Saudi-led blockade for Qatar’s pullout from OPEC

FNA – Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad in a tweet on Tuesday criticized the Saudi-led year-long blockade against Qatar, saying that Riyadh’s pressures have led to Doha’s surprise withdrawal from the OPEC.

“Qatar’s surprise decision made as a result of prolonged economic and travel blockade imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its neighbors”, Baeidinejad posted a tweet today, in a reaction to the news about Qatar’s withdrawal from OPEC.

“Qatar will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in January, as the Persian Gulf state faces a prolonged regional clash with rival Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s attempt to impose its policies against OPEC and increase of the role of non-OPEC members including Russia have undermined the effectiveness of the organization,” Baeidinejad wrote on his official Twitter account,

On June 5, 2017 some Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have officially severed ties with Qatar and closed air, road and sea lines with the country to put it under political and economic blockade.

These countries set out 13 conditions for resuming relations one of which was severing ties with Iran.

But Qatar considers it as breaching its national sovereignty and has not so far accomplished it.

Iran and Qatar by maintaining logical, principled relations which are based on international regulations are standing against avarice demands of some countries and coordinating their policies as regard regional issues.

In a relevant development on August 26, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone conversation with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Tehran is seeking strong and deep relations with Doha.

Stressing the importance of offering the business people and investors in the two countries with incentives, President Rouhani said strengthening port and maritime cooperation and establishing a joint shipping line between Iran and Qatar can accelerate the process of bilateral trade.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamad Al Thani appreciated Iran’s support for Qatar in breaking the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia.