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Iran and Qatar have signed a number of agreements in different fields including economy and urban development as part of a larger plan to expand bilateral relations.
Emir of Qatar expressed gratitude to Iran for supporting the Arab country against the “cruel sanctions” imposed by some of the neighbors, calling for the enhancement of ties with Iran in all fields.
A political commentator says Saudi Arabia has failed to intimidate Qatar into severing its newly-shaped relations with Iran, and has no more cards to play to keep Doha from edging closer to Tehran.
A political commentator says Qatar’s decision to return its ambassador to Tehran amounts to Doha’s admission of the mistake it had made in dealing with Iran last year.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic welcomes Doha’s ‘logical’ and ‘positive’ decision to return its ambassador to Tehran, who had been recalled for certain consultations more than 20 months ago.
While Tehran has remained Doha’s close ally amid the ongoing crisis in the Arab country’s relations with Saudi Arabia and a number of other states, Qatari officials have not included Iran in a list of 80 countries whose citizens can travel to Qatar without obtaining a visa.
Officials from Iran, Turkey and Qatar discussed the creation of a joint trade route on the sidelines of President Hassan Rouhani’s swearing-in ceremony in Tehran.
An Iranian official says the Qatari coast guards have arrested three fishermen from the Iranian province of Hormuzgan in the second such incident in almost two weeks.