Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Doha on Monday on the first visit by an Iranian president to Qatar in 11 years and as Gulf states closely watch indirect US-Iranian talks to salvage a 2015 nuclear pact.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has said he hopes his trip to Qatar to attend a regional gas
conference will boost political and trade relations with Gulf
“Iran is one of the founders of the Gas Exporting Countries
Forum (GECF) because we are among the three most important gas
producing and exporting countries,” Raisi said on Monday before he left
Tehran to attend the gas summit being held on Tuesday in Doha.
Raisi, on his third foreign trip since taking office, is due
to meet with Qatar’s emir, whose foreign minister has held talks
in Washington and in Tehran in recent weeks on efforts to
salvage the nuclear pact, which Washington had withdrawn from in
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have urged global powers
involved in the nuclear talks to also address Iran’s missiles
programme and network of regional proxies.
Qatar has good ties with Iran, with which it shares a giant
Tehran supported Doha after Saudi Arabia and its Arab
allies imposed a boycott on Qatar in mid-2017.
The Gulf row was resolved early last year and Saudi Arabia,
which is locked in several proxy conflicts with Iran, has been
engaging directly with Tehran in a bid to contain tensions.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies