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Qatar’s Foreign Minister says Lebanon is just the latest target in a Saudi campaign of intimidation that risks destabilising the Middle East.
Washington’s lukewarm mediation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has failed to settle the crisis between the two sides.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Qatar’s ambassador underlined Tehran’s opposition to any pressure on its neighbours by any party.
Saudi Arabia has suspended any plan for holding dialogue with Qatar shortly after a phone call between the leaders of both countries suggested a breakthrough in the Persian Gulf dispute.
A senior political analyst has highlighted Iran’s geopolitical significance for Qatar, saying Tehran is more useful to Doha than any other regional state.
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.