Reconciliation Between Qatar, Gulf Countries to Decrease Rivalry in Region, Tehran Says

TEHRAN (Sputnik) – The reconciliation of Qatar with its Gulf neighbors will lower the regional competitors and arms imports in the area, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh instructed Sputnik Thursday.

“Obviously, the settling of differences and challenges will lead to a decrease in destructive competition … as well as the arms imports into the region,” Khatibzadeh mentioned.

According to to the spokesman, Iran has all the time been in favor of accelerating cooperation with its neighbors and different international locations in the area, proposing numerous initiatives, together with a Persian Gulf peace initiative, offered by President Hassan Rouhani in 2019.

In 2017, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt minimize diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of meddling and sponsoring terrorism. Several different international locations later did the identical whereas others downgraded their diplomatic ties with Doha and launched a complete blockade of the nation. Doha has persistently denied the accusations, insisting that the neighbors’ discontent with its financial successes was behind their hostile insurance policies. The deadlock was overcome earlier in the week, when the Saudi-hosted forty first summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council adopted a declaration on restoring unity among the many Gulf international locations.


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