Former Iranian Ambassador to Qatar Predicts Better Ties between the Two Countries
The former Iranian Ambassador to Qatar Abdullah Sohrabi says the recent power transition in Qatar will improve the relationships between Iran and Qatar in near future. Under Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Iranian and Qatari government failed to establish positive ties, as the two countries had different standpoints on regional issues.
“I believe that the Qatari government will revise its foreign policy since the new Emir is more open-minded than the previous ruler.” Abdullah Sohrabi told the Herald Boy.
Sohrabi says Qatar should also change its point of view toward Syrian crisis. “Like Islamic Republic of Iran, the Qatari government should call for immediate peace in Syria rather than fueling the battle between rebels and Syrian army. Iran and Qatar have key roles in stopping violence in Syria.” Iran has repeatedly blamed the government Qatar for dispatching arms and funds to Syrian insurgents.
“During the recent years, Qatar was influenced mainly by American policies. The current Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Qatar is so high, but this Arab state should support U.S. interests in region in order to save its GDP and markets in European countries.” The former Iranian Ambassador declared.
Abdullah Sohrabi went on to say that Qatar’s new Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will open new windows and opportunities for both countries. “Iran and Qatar can improve their ties under the management of Sheikh Tamim.”
It is worth mentioning that Iran and Qatar have made several agreements over the past few years to further develop their economic relationship, most specifically their oil and gas cooperation both within and outside of OPEC.