QATAR PLAYS DOWN DIS­PUTE WITH IRAN

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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.

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