Zarif discusses general’s killing with Qatari Minister
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.