Jan 12, 2022, 1:21 PM
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Doha, Tehran enjoy amicable, stable, predictable ties

Tehran, IRNA - Qatar and Iran have steadily experienced pleasant, stable, and predictable relationship and now the administration of President Ebrahim Raisi aims to open a new chapter in ties with the Arab nation, when both countries suffer from economic terrorism and sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian's tour in West Asia, which kicked off in Oman, came to an end in Doha, capital of Qatar. Amirabdollahian held talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Tuesday.

During the meetings, the Iranian foreign minister emphasized the need for expansion of mutual and regional cooperation in trade, economy, and investment in line with capacities and advantages of the Islamic Republic in this respect, urging more coordination for exchange of high-ranking delegations.

The Qatari and Iranian officials also discussed the latest developments in Vienna talks to lift cruel anti-Iran sanctions as well as issues related to Afghanistan and Yemen.

Qatar-Iran ties
Iran is among the first countries that recognized Qatar's independence and the two states started diplomatic relations on October 16, 1971 (one month after Qatar's independence). After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, they continued relationship at the level of chargé d'affaires until 1987 and then upgraded the relations to ambassador level.

Doha supported Iran when the UN Security Council ratified Resolution 1696 on July 31, 2006. Qatar also backed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015.

The Islamic Republic shored up Qatar in June 2017 when it came to economic siege of the Arab country by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain under the pretext of backing terrorism. The siege continued but doomed to failure due to Iran's all-out support for the neighboring state. Tehran exported food consignments to Doha in a bid to prevent food security crisis in Qatar.

Iran's export to Qatar increased from 60 million dollars in 2016 to 250 million dollars in 2018.

Observers believe that Doha maintained an amiable relationship with Tehran during the Iran-Iraq eight-year war because Qatar and the Islamic Republic share the largest natural gas field in the Persian Gulf, which helped upgrade their ties from political relationship.

Economic experts predict that Qatar and Iran enjoy the potential to increase trade exchanges to 500 million dollars in the first and then to one billion dollars in the second step.

Different kinds of commonalities and effects of sanctions have pushed Qatar and Iran to pursue broader economic cooperation.


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