Iran's Javad Zarif and Sheikh Tamim hold talks in Doha

Wednesday, 04 October 2017, 03:22:41 AM. Foreign minister's visit comes after restoration of full diplomatic ties with Qatar and against backdrop of GCC crisis.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, has met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for talks on relations and strengthening "cooperation" between the two countries after almost four months of a blockade against Qatar.

The visit is Zarif's first to Doha since four Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt - cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5 and imposed a land, air and sea blockade.

"During the meeting, they reviewed relations of cooperation between the two countries in various fields as well as exchanged views on the current situation in the region," a statement from Qatar News Agency said, referring to Tuesday's talks.

Zarif's trip comes after Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran in August.


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In January 2016, Qatar had pulled its ambassador from Tehran over attacks on Saudi Arabia's diplomatic mission there, after the kingdom executed a Shia religious scholar.

Iranian state media published images of Zarif at the Doha meeting and quoted him as saying: "None of the regional crises have a military solution.

All sides should "give priority to regional initiations for restoring collective stability and security".

Zarif on Monday met Omani officials, including Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has ruled Oman since 1970 and has served as an interlocutor between the West and Iran.

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