Qatar to Host Indirect Nuclear Talks Between U.S. and Iran, Report Says

Iran chose Qatar, 'our friend,' ISNA news agency reported, after the emir met with Iran's president last month and offered support for reviving the nuclear deal

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Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani  meets with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran, Iran on May 12.
Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani meets with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran, Iran on May 12.Credit: WANA NEWS AGENCY/ Reuters
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Qatar will host indirect talks between Iran and the United States on reviving Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a media adviser to the Iranian nuclear team was quoted on Monday as saying.

"Iran chose Qatar to host because it is our friend," Mohammad Marandi told the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Qatar’s emir met with Iran's president last month and offered support for efforts to revive the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as talks on the tattered accord remained deadlocked.

    The announcement about resuming talks on a new nuclear deal was made in Tehran on Saturday at a meeting between the Iranian foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and his European Union counterpart, Josep Borrell.

    Meanwhile, the recent attacks by Iran and its proxies against Saudi infrastructure and other targets in the Middle East have prompted the coalition of Israel and a number of Arab countries in the region to develop a joint mechanism for detecting and intercepting missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that top military officials from Israel, Egypt, Jordan Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as representatives from the U.S., Bahrain and UAE, discussed the shared Iranian threat

    The talks, held at Sharm El Sheikh, included senior military officers from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and two countries with whom Israel does not have relations: Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    In April, talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia hit a stalemate after Iran suspended the talks following the execution of 81 men in Saudi Arabia. Tehran condemned the executions that activists said included 41 Shi'ite Muslims.

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