Iran seeking to improve regional relations through close relationship with Qatar

TEHRAN / DOHA — In an attempt to indirectly improve relations with neighboring countries, Iran continues to build ties with Qatar, which has recently restored its relations with fellow Gulf countries and adopted more moderate policies with other countries in the region.

On Monday, in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif discussed with Qatari counterpart Muhammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani a set of issues of common interest between the two countries.

Zarif stressed the need for cooperation between the countries to resolve regional issues and reach a stable regional arrangement, stressing the important role of Qatar in this regard.

Al Thani stressed the need for a new approach and comprehensive cooperation in the region and expressed Qatar’s readiness to play a central and positive role.

Al Thani had previously announced Qatar’s support for the restarting of the political and diplomatic process between Iran and the U.S., particularly regarding the nuclear agreement signed between the two counties under former U.S. President Barack Obama and abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump.