Qatar Not to Cut Ties with Iran: Report

Qatari officials have reportedly declared they will not cut their relations with Iran, a precondition set by Saudi Arabia and its allies for normalization of ties with Doha.

A report by Kuwait’s Al-Seyassah daily says that Kuwaiti officials have continued their efforts to provide an atmosphere of agreement to settle the crisis in the Persian Gulf.

This comes as Qataris have not accepted Saudi Arabia’s main demands for ending tension in the region.

Al-Seyassah quoted informed diplomatic sources as saying that Doha did not accept to pay compensation to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain and stressed that it will continue its good relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Saudi Arabia had earlier rejected the possibility of any mediation between Riyadh and Doha.

The split among the Arab states erupted last month after US President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia where he accused Iran of “destabilizing interventions” in Arab territories.

Then Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, and several other countries broke diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations that Doha is sponsoring terrorism.

Back in late May, Qatar’s state-run news agency released comments attributed to the country’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in which he described Iran as a force for stability.

Afterwards, Saudi Arabia and the UAE blocked access to Qatari media, including Al Jazeera.

However, the Qatari government claimed that hackers had broken into the QNA website and published the “fake news.”

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