Sheikh Tamim: De-escalation, dialogue needed to address crises
President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday major decisions were taken at his meeting Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Thani during his visit to Tehran.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Sheikh Tamim, Rouhani pointed to the sanctions imposed by some regional Arab states on Qatar and said Iran “stood by Qatar” and will continue to do so in the future.
“During today’s negotiations, we made important decisions to develop the two countries’ relations,” he said, adding, “Our political relations are very good, and we have great capacities in economic, cultural and business relations.”
“In the next few months, a joint (economic) commission will be formed, and in addition to the commission, we hope to reach good agreements on trade and technology cooperation between the two countries,” the president said.
Rouhani said given the importance of regional security, especially the waterways in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman, Iran and Qatar decided to have more consultations and cooperation for the overall security of the region.
De-escalation, dialogue needed
Sheikh Tamim said that de-escalation and dialogue were needed to resolve regional crises at a “sensitive” time.
“We agreed with Mr. President that the solution to all crises is dialogue,” Sheikh Tamim said.
“We believe that escalating tensions in the region never benefits the region and the world.”
He said Iran has always showed “wisdom and prudence” with regard to the issues in the region.
He also said Qatar “must work with the Islamic Republic of Iran as an influential country to maintain security in this region.”
“Any security cooperation in this region without the presence of Iran is of no value.”
Sheikh Tamim thanked Iran, with which his country shares a giant gas field, for supporting Doha by providing air and land routes after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a trade and transport boycott on Qatar in mid-2017.
Reuters contributed to this story.