Iran’s pol­icy is to strengthen ties with Qatar, Rouhani says

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TEHRAN — President Has­san Rouhani has said it is Iran’s pol­icy to ex­pand ties with Qatar which been block­aded by some of its fel­low neigh­bor­ing Arab states.

Iran will stand be­side the Qatari gov­ern­ment and peo­ple, Rouhani said in a phone con­ver­sa­tion with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani on Sun­day.

On June 5, Saudi Ara­bia along with the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and in­tro­duced sanc­tions on the coun­try for its re­la­tions with the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and Ha­mas.

To stop boy­cotting Qatar, they have also is­sued 13 de­mands in­clud­ing clos­ing Al Jazeera tele­vi­sion, curb­ing re­la­tions with Iran, shut­ting a Turk­ish mil­i­tary base and pay­ing repa­ra­tions.

“We be­lieve that ex­ert­ing pres­sure and im­pos­ing sanc­tions are not right ways to bridge dif­fer­ences,” Rouhani said, de­scrib­ing the siege of Qatar as

“un­ac­cept­able”.

“The airspace, land and sea of our coun­try will al­ways be open to Qatar as a brotherly and neigh­bor­ing coun­try,” Rouhani stated.

Re­it­er­at­ing Tehran’s sup­port for “unity” and “in­tegrity” among Mus­lim na­tions, Rouhani sug­gested that Iran and Qatar can help bring Mus­lims to­gether through co­op­er­a­tion.

He also said that Iran seeks “mod­er­a­tion” and “wis­dom” in its re­la­tions with the re­gional coun­tries and is ready to help restor­ing peace in the re­gion.

For his part, the Qatari leader said, “Qatar has open arms for in­ter­ac­tion and co­op­er­a­tion.”

“Re­la­tions be­tween Iran and Qatar have al­ways been de­vel­op­ing and pow­er­ful,” Al­jazeera quoted the emir as say­ing.

Has­san Rouhani Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani

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