Zarif dis­cusses gen­eral’s killing with Qatari Min­is­ter

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Tehran, Iran - Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif hosted his Qatari coun­ter­part on Satur­day for talks in Tehran amid es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions.

Zarif and Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man al Thani dis­cussed ‘the new sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and the as­sas­si­na­tion of Gen­eral Qasem Soleimani’ as well as re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues, Iran’s For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment.

In his meet­ing with the Qatari For­eign Min­is­ter, Zarif called the US at­tack a ‘ter­ror­ist act’ that led to the ‘mar­tyr­dom’ of the com­man­der.

“Iran does not want ten­sion in the re­gion, and it is the pres­ence and in­ter­fer­ence of for­eign forces that cause in­sta­bil­ity, in­se­cu­rity and in­creased ten­sion in our sen­si­tive re­gion,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Iran’s For­eign Min­istry, Thani said the sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion was sen­si­tive and con­cern­ing. He called for a peace­ful so­lu­tion to be found lead­ing to de-es­ca­la­tion.

Iran’s Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani also met with the Qatari For­eign Min­is­ter.

Qatar, a key US ally in the re­gion, is home to Wash­ing­ton’s largest mil­i­tary base in the Mid­dle East.

Its re­la­tion­ship with Iran, seen as the ma­jor ri­val to Saudi Ara­bia in the re­gion, is one of the ma­jor fac­tors un­der­pin­ning a cri­sis be­tween Qatar and its former al­lies.

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