News ID: 255549
Published: 0301 GMT July 09, 2019

Report: Qatar offers to mediate between Iran, US

Report: Qatar offers to mediate between Iran, US

Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has offered to mediate between the United States and Iran, according to US and Qatari officials.

“It’s well known that Qatar has a relationship with Iran,” said a US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the sensitive issue. “I don’t think it would be any sort of formal mediation role. But we might look to them to pass messages and convey the seriousness of the administration’s attempt to de-escalate, and build some sort of path to dialogue,” according to The Washington Post.

The Qatari emir is on a state visit to the United States and is set to meet the US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC.

The emir's visit on Tuesday comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US and an ongoing blockade imposed on Qatar by its Arab neighbors since 2017.

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations severed relations with Qatar and imposed a land and air blockade against the tiny, energy-rich Persian Gulf nation, which enjoys good relations with Tehran. 

Qatar hosts the primary US airbase in the region, home to about 10,000 American troops, and the operations center of US Central Command.

In June, Iran rejected proposal by Japan to mediate between Tehran and Washington.

During a meeting between Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in Tehran, Iran’s Leader told the Japanese premier that the US president “is not worth” exchanging messages.

Tensions between Iran and the US escalated after Washington withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions against Tehran. US military buildup and Iran’s downing of a US drone over its territorial waters have also heightened the tension.






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