Qatari Emir in Tehran for Official Visit

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2020

Qatar's close to United States, hosts Washington's largest military base in the region and also enjoys strong ties with Tehran.

The visit to Tehran comes amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf following the USA assassination of top Iranian commander Lt.

Qatar is close to the U.S. and hosts Washington " s largest military base in the region, but it also enjoys strong ties with Tehran, with which it shares the world " s largest gas field.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Emir of Qatar headed for the bilateral meeting venue after the ceremony. Earlier on Sunday, the emir headed to Oman's capital, Muscat, where he offered his condolences to the Gulf state's new sultan, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, for the death of his predecessor, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.

The visit followed the killing of an Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani in a drone airstrike, Anadolu Agency reports, according to Middle East Monitor.

Tamim's visit to the country follows Iran's retaliatory strike against two bases in Iraq that house USA troops.

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani visited Tehran last week for talks aimed at easing tensions in the region after the murder of Soleimani.

Qatar's relationship with Iran, seen as the major rival to Saudi Arabia in the region, is one of the major factors underpinning a crisis between Qatar and its former allies in the region.

Qatar has developed closer ties with Iran, especially after the Arab Quartet's decision to sever ties with Doha two years ago.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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