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Iran expresses gratitude to Qatar for helping unfreeze its assets

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Hossein Amirabdollahian

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has expressed gratitude to Qatar for its constructive role in helping unfreeze Iran’s assets in a phone conversation with Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. During the phone talk, the two sides exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.

“Amirabdollahian expressed gratitude to Qatar for its constructive role in helping unfreeze Iran’s assets and discussed with him the latest regional developments,” said the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The top Iranian diplomat touched upon the cordial and close relations between Tehran and Doha, underscoring the need to further enhance mutual relations,” it said further.

“Amirabdollahian appreciated the Qatari government’s positive role and the constructive efforts made by that country’s high-ranking officials in regional and international relations,” it added.

Amirabdollahian appreciated the Qatari government’s positive role and the constructive efforts made by that country’s high-ranking officials in regional and international relations.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, for his part, said he was pleased with the amicable ties between the Iranian and Qatari governments, lauded the promotion of mutual relations, and underscored the need to maintain close consultations between the two sides.

Qatar generally refrains from criticizing Iran’s domestic and foreign activities unlike fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar shares a great relationship with Iran. The two nations have held several high-level meetings to discuss security and economic agreements.

Qatar has to balance its relations with 7 members GCC bloc and Iran which many times are at loggerheads. Such a balancing act to maintain good relations with both GCC and Iran has many times led to tensions.

The two sides have common economic interests in improving regional ties as both see vast potential for drawing greater economic dividends from stronger bilateral relations.

Both countries own the South Pars / North Dome Gas-Condensate field, the world’s largest gas field, which has a big influence on the Irani-Qatari relation.

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