Iran FM says we welcome Persian Gulf understandings announced by Kuwait

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Friday tweet welcomed understandings in the Persian Gulf, after Kuwait’s foreign minister said progress was made towards ending a three-year row that has seen Saudi Arabia and its allies boycott Qatar.

He wrote: “We welcome understandings in the Persian Gulf announced by Kuwait,” tweeted Zarif, while adding: “We hope reconciliation contributes to stability and political & economic development for all peoples of our region.”

Back in June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar. They also banned all Qatari planes from their airspaces, accusing Doha of meddling in regional affairs and supporting “terrorism.”

Qatar has repeatedly condemned the decision as unjustified and the allegations as based on false claims and assumptions, saying it was targeted because it followed an independent foreign policy. Doha has since highlighted its readiness for dialogue.