After Detente, Qatar Calls for Gulf Rapprochement With Iran

The foreign minister also claimed in a Bloomberg interview that the desire for talks was shared by other Gulf countries

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Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani  at talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 12, 2020
Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani at talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 12, 2020Credit: Ibraheem Al Omari/Reuters
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Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told Bloomberg TV that Qatar has urged Gulf Arab nations to enter a dialogue with Iran and that it was the right time for Doha to broker negotiations.

"This is also a desire that's shared by other GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries," he said in an interview.

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Separately, the Qatari government was supporting discussions between Iran and South Korea to secure the release of an oil tanker seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards early this month, the foreign minister said.

As far as any potential U.S.-Iran talks, he said that Qatar will facilitate the discussions if asked and will support whoever is chosen to do so.

"We want the accomplishment, we want to see the deal happening", he said of potential talks between Washington and Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed Qatar's call for regional dialogue.

"As we have consistently emphasized, the solution to our challenges lies in collaboration to jointly form a 'strong region': peaceful, stable, prosperous & free from global or regional hegemony," Zarif said on Twitter. 

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