Monday, 17 December, 2018

Iran-KSA: Tehran announces cross-diplomatic visits

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The ministry's statement said the two "discussed bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them, as well as a number of issues of common concern".

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Thursday confirmed to IRNA that Iranian and Qatari foreign ministers had a phone conversation on Wednesday night.

Doha also expressed its desire to forge Tehran relations in "all fields", in a statement published on the website of the Qatari Foreign Ministry. "The development of relations with our neighbours is an absolute priority" for Iran, he said.

The attacks on the diplomatic missions were prompted by Riyadh's decision to execute a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, for alleged terrorism-related offenses.

Back in June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country wants to bolster ties with Qatar and rejected a Saudi-led blockade of the Gulf Arab emirate.

Iran and Saudi Arabia will soon exchange diplomatic visits, Tehran said, in a possible sign of tensions easing after the archrivals cut ties a year ago.

Analysts believe the unprecedented political crisis in the Persian Gulf has pushed Qatar closer to Tehran.

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By 5 pm, the army was called in to help regain control with 600 soldiers being deployed in Panchkula . Rajnath held meetings with top officials and took stock of the situation in Punjab and Haryana.

Qatar's move comes just days after Saudi Arabia began promoting a member of Qatari royalty whose branch of the family was toppled in a palace coup in 1972. "If this reconsideration happens, it (Saudi Arabia) will surely elicit a positive reaction from Iran".

The Muslim antipodes, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have started off by rushing to normalize their bilateral relations, as reported today by Sputnik News, quoting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif.

In a series of tweets this week, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash criticized Qatar's decision as escalation of the Gulf dispute.

Mediation attempts led by countries such as Kuwait and the USA have so far failed to make headway toward settling the crisis.

Iraqi officials have been visiting Saudi Arabia and other Arab Sunni states. The emirate has strenuously denied the allegations. She declined to comment on the normalization of Tehran-Doha ties.

Haddad went onto warn that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi should not count too heavily on Sadr to restore their influence in Baghdad at the expense of Tehran.

Iran has allowed Qatar's national carrier to use its airspace and sent fresh food supplies to Doha after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties and cut transport and trade ties with Doha in June. "I think the informal pressure is increasing because of the lack of formal alternative measures they can realistically hope to place on Qatar".

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