Iran’s President Deplores Pressures on Qatar
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized Qatar’s neighbors for using the language of force and boycotting the country, voicing Tehran’s readiness to help resolve regional conflicts.
“Using threat, pressure and blockade against a neighboring country like Qatar is also a wrong method, and we should all try to end such tensions in the region,” President Rouhani said at a meeting with Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, held in Tehran on Wednesday.
The president also blamed the crises in Yemen, Syria and Bahrain on the “wrong decisions” made by certain governments, and said perpetuation of such a trend “will never benefit regional countries, and the first parties to be harmed by these policies will be the governments adopting them.”
Hailing the history of constructive negotiations among Iran, Oman and Kuwait on regional issues, President Rouhani said Tehran welcomes any effort at settling conflicts in the region.
He then turned on Tehran-Muscat bilateral relations, highlighting the grounds for cooperation in the energy industry, interaction between ports of the two countries, and partnership between the private sectors.
For his part, the visiting Omani diplomat hailed Iran as an international power, saying the Sultanate of Oman is eager to boost ties with Iran in all fields.
Stressing the need for diplomatic resolution of the regional conflicts, bin Alawi said Iran has a major role in the peaceful settlement of tensions, as in Syria, and in the fight against terrorism.
The Omani minister arrived in Tehran on Tuesday night following an official visit to the Qatari capital of Doha.
The visits come as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have cut diplomatic ties and all land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar, accusing the Persian Gulf country of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.