Ira­nian pres­i­dent backs Qatar in feud with Saudi coali­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Carlo Munoz

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.

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