During President Ebrahim Raisi’s two-day visit to Doha this week, reports indicated that Iran and Qatar inked 14 agreements.
Raisi was joined on the trip by oil minister Javad Owji and foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who both attended the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Doha, Qatar.
“Bilateral relations and trade, economy, energy, culture and especially investment issues were discussed in the meetings with the Qatari emir and officials,” Raisi told reporters on Tuesday night after his return to Tehran.
A free trade zone agreement was made between the two nations’ authorities, while another was struck between Iran’s Institute of Standards and Industrial Research and its Qatari counterpart.
There was also a tourist agreement, a two-year agreement on sports and youth, and an agreement on education inked, as well as an energy pact between Iran’s Tavanir and Qatar’s Electricity and Water Company.
Three agreements on ports and maritime matters were also signed, including one on maritime transit, one between the two nations’ port administrations, and another on an underwater tunnel connecting Iran and Qatar.
Two other agreements dealt with culture and media: one was a two-year pact for cultural collaboration, and the other outlined cooperation in television and radio.
Finally, three agreements on consular and diplomatic cooperation were inked.
Raisi also met with a group of Qatari businesspeople and investors, according to the website of Iran’s state-run news agency, and advocated for the development of a joint business center in Doha to assist investments.
“These agreements must be implemented,” Raisi added. “My colleagues in the government will follow up on this and Qatar’s Emir also tasked his top officials to quickly pursue implementation of these agreements.”
Raisi and the Qatari Emir also spoke about the Vienna talks to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with Western powers, which Qatar has backed, as well as other regional matters of mutual concern, such as Palestine.