Qatari ambassador back on the job in Iran

In a statement this week, Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the return of the ambassador comes amid "its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields".

The regional dispute in the Gulf could flare up again as the foreign ministry announces that it has restored diplomatic ties with Iran.

Commenting on Qatar's recent statement that it chose to return its ambassador to Tehran and "strengthen ties in all fields" with the Islamic Republic, Iranian political analyst Hassan Hanizadeh explained to Sputnik Iran what this move might actually signify. Saudi state media said that came in part due to an intercession by Qatari royal family member Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, who met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and later a vacationing King Salman in Morocco.

Qatar recalled its ambassador to Tehran in January a year ago after Saudi Arabia cut ties with the Islamic Republic, following angry protests held outside its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad against the kingdom's execution of senior Shiite cleric Ayatollah Nimr al-Nimr. However, the snub did not result in Qatar shunning off Iran; it instead apparently resulted in the opposite, pushing the two countries closer together. "It published 200 cartoons, while the UAE also published 200 and Bahrain published 180".

Despite recalling its ambassador, Qatar maintained its economic ties with Iran, with which it shares the world's largest natural gas reservoir, called the South Pars Gas Field in Tehran and the North Field in Doha.

Qatar is now at odds with a number of Arab states.


Riyadh accuses Iran of interfering in the Arab world and alleges that it aspires to dominate the region.

Qatar is headed, like Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states, by a Sunni dynasty, while Iran is a predominantly Shiite country.

Translation: "The management of the crisis caused the burning of bridges, the squandering of sovereignty and the deepening of the Qatari crisis and undermined what remained of the mediator's chances".

In a statement, Senegal's foreign minister said he hoped the act "encourages efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis between Qatar and neighboring countries".

They've also demanded Qatar close Al Jazeera, reduce ties with Iran and shut its Turkish military base if it wants the blockade to end. She declined to comment on the normalization of Tehran-Doha ties.


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