QATAR PLAYS DOWN DISPUTE WITH IRAN
While the foreign ministry recalled Qatar’s ambassador from Tehran following attacks on two Saudi diplomatic offices in Iran, it was business as usual in several other respects as Iran’s market begins to open up to international businesses.
Saudi Arabia's execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr, which promoted violent reactions in Iran, led to the recall of several GCC ambassadors, including Qatar's. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also handed a note of protest to Iran's embassy in Qatar. However, Iran's embassy in Qatar continues to function and no disruptions have been reported in business, including Qatar Airways which continues to operate flights to Iran. Meanwhile, the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar hosted a round-table on Iran- GCC Dialogue. The day-long meeting brought together distinguished scholars and academics from Iran and neighbouring countries to explore historical, religious, cultural, social, and political ties between Iran and the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.