Qatar’s Sheikh meets top Iranian officials in Tehran


NC Monitoring Desk

TEHRAN: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has met Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran for talks that focused on bilateral and regional issues in addition to efforts to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal.

Qatari leader arrived in Iranian capital which coincided with second day of negotiations between Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani and European Union’s coordinator for nuclear talks, Enrique Mora.

Al Thani is expected to visit several European countries after he departs Tehran. Qatar and European officials have been trying to facilitate stalled indirect talks between Tehran and Washington, which have been unable to finalise an agreement to revive landmark nuclear accord that United States unilaterally abandoned in 2018.

However Iranian side appeared to be more focused on regional and bilateral issues as neither supreme leader nor president made any public mention of nuclear deal, even as Qatari leader reiterated his support for its revival.

Khamenei and Al Thani mainly discussed regional and bilateral affairs, according to supreme leader’s website.

“Current level of economic relations between two countries is low and must be multiplied,” Iranian leader said. “Also, in political issues there is ground for more exchange of views and we hope this trip can become a new origin for expanding cooperation.”