Iranian president backs Qatar in feud with Saudi coalition
Iranian PresidentHassan Rouhani blasted efforts by a Saudi-led coalition to isolate Qatar from the larger Arab world, calling the ongoing blockade against the small, oil-rich country “unacceptable.”
Mr. Rouhani vowed that Tehran, which has close energy ties with Qatar, promised that “airspace, land and sea of our country will always be open to Qatar as a brotherly and neighboring country.”
It was Qatar’s extensive ties to Iran, along with links to such groups as Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood, that prompted Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Sunni powers in the region to an embargo against Doha earlier this month.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has said the blockade against Qatar has sparked a humanitarian crisis inside the country and has pressed the two side to resolve their differences quickly.
Tehran has sent six aircraft bearing food supplies into Qatar since the blockade went into place.