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Today, Sunday, media outlets reported that, “The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, will visit the Iranian capital, Tehran, today, his first visit since he took office in 2013.
The Iranian Islamic Republic agency, “IRNA”, quoted the Lebanese channel “Al-Mayadeen” that “the Emir of Qatar will arrive in Tehran after a short visit during which he will meet President Hassan Rouhani, to discuss many issues, especially the recent developments in the region.”
And the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, last Thursday, made a phone call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, while the Iranian presidential statement attributed to Sheikh Tamim as saying that Qatar will not forget Iran’s position on the sanctions imposed on Doha.
For his part, Rouhani said that “strengthening security and stability in the region is very important for Iran,” saying that “the only way to maintain the security of the region is to consolidate friendship and cooperation between neighbors and prevent foreign interference.”
Last Wednesday, Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Thani, said that his country was closely following developments in Iraq, and was seeking to coordinate with friendly countries to reduce escalation.
The Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs added, on his official account with “Twitter”, “we follow closely the developments of events in Iraq and what the region is going through a critical stage that requires a concerted effort that does not fight it, presenting the group and pluralism, not unilateralism in finding solutions and building bridges of communication.”
And the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced, in the early hours of Wednesday dawn, that American bases in Iraq were targeted with dozens of missiles, stressing that the operation was in retaliation for the killing of the military commander, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian “Quds” Corps, and called the operation “the martyr Soleimani.”
Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated, after the Pentagon announced, at dawn Friday, January 3, an air strike near Baghdad International Airport, killing Soleimani, the engineer, the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Authority, and others, while For its part, Tehran has announced that it will respond harshly to the assassination.