The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, meets with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi.
Tehran, Iran – The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran for talks that focused on bilateral and regional issues, as well as efforts to restore the Iranian nuclear deal. of 2015.
The Qatari leader arrived in the Iranian capital on Thursday, which coincided with the second day of talks between Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, and the European Union’s coordinator for nuclear talks, Enrique Mora.
Al Thani is expected to visit several European countries after leaving Tehran. Qatari and European officials have been trying to ease stalled indirect talks between Tehran and Washington, which have failed to finalize a deal to revive the nuclear framework that the United States unilaterally abandoned in 2018.
However, on Thursday, the Iranian side appeared to be more focused on regional and bilateral issues, as neither the Supreme Leader nor the President made any public mention of the nuclear deal, even as the Qatari leader reiterated his support for its revival. .
Khamenei and Al Thani mainly discussed regional and bilateral matters, according to the supreme leader’s website.
“The current level of economic relations between the two countries is low and must be multiplied,” said the Iranian leader. “Furthermore, on political issues, there is room for more exchange of views and we hope that this trip can become a new origin for expanding cooperation.”
Talks around the region appear to have been largely focused on the role played by Israel, especially as the meeting took place a day after Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces while covering an attack in the occupied West Bank.
Khamenei was quoted as supporting the emir’s “condemnation of the crimes committed by the Zionist regime” and saying that Iran expects the entire Arab world to face up to these crimes. The supreme leader criticized what he called limited responses by Arab countries to last year’s Israeli actions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, and said their positions were more lenient than those of European countries.
Khamenei said that other regional issues, such as the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, could be resolved through dialogue, but warned that “this dialogue cannot be from a position of weakness while other sides, mainly the US and also others, depend on of military forces and financial power.
‘These crimes won’t last’
Al Thani was quoted as agreeing that regional issues should be resolved through dialogue, and also said he hoped Iran and Qatar could significantly boost economic relations in the coming year.
The Qatari leader spoke with Khamenei after talks and then a press conference with President Raisi, during which both leaders strongly condemned the assassination of Abu Akleh.
“The Zionist regime’s crimes will never create security for it,” Raisi said during the press conference. “Journalists should be proud to communicate the voice of the Palestinian people to the world and, on the other hand, know that these crimes will not last.”
The Iranian president also discussed regional issues, which have been the main focus of his foreign policy directive, and called for an end to the war in Yemen and stability in neighboring Afghanistan. He emphasized that the region will get worse if there is any foreign intervention.
Al Thani also confirmed that Palestine and regional affairs were the main talking points on Thursday. In addition, he called for more dialogue to resolve the issue of the nuclear deal and said that Qatar will welcome Iranians who wish to watch their national team during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in November.
The Qatari leader led a delegation to Tehran that also included his foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, who met with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian.
Officials also cheered Al Jazeera’s Abu Akleh and criticized what they said were double standards by international organizations and human rights groups in dealing with human rights violations in Palestine.