Iran foreign minister Zarif visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani shakes hands with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in Doha.


:: Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday met with Qatar’s ruling emir as a quartet of Arab states continues its boycott of the energy-rich nation, in part over relations that Doha maintains with Tehran.

Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit on Monday comes after meeting with Omani officials, including Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has ruled Oman since 1970 and has served as an interlocutor between the West and Iran.

On Tuesday, Iranian state media published images of Zarif in Doha meeting with Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. It marks Zarif’s first trip to Qatar since the diplomatic crisis began in June.

“None of the regional crises have a military solution,” Zarif said at the meeting, according to Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency. All sides should “give priority to regional initiations for restoring collective stability and security.”

Qatari officials offered no immediate comment on the meeting.





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