Qatar hails Saudi Crown Prince’s call for dialogue with Iran

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani expressed his country’s support for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s statements regarding Iran.

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Sharing a message on Twitter, Qatari Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Al Thani hailed the Saudi Crown Prince’s statements, calling for dialogue with Iran.

In his post, Al Thani wrote that “Adherence to the United Nations Charter, respect for the sovereignty of states, and non-interference in their affairs are basic pillars of civilized countries and a safety valve for maintaining peace and security in the region and the world. We support the Saudi Crown Prince’s call for a foreign policy based on these foundations and principles of good neighborliness and dialogue in the region, including with Iran.”

On Tuesday, speaking at a televised interview on the state-run news agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made statements, containing a positive attitude towards Iran. In his statement, the Crown Prince said that “We do not want for Iran to be in a difficult situation, on the contrary, we want Iran to prosper and grow.”

“At the end of the day, Iran is a neighboring country and all that we hope for is to have good relations,” Crown Prince added.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s interview came following reports claiming that the Saudi and Iranian officials held secret talks in early April through the Iraqi President al-Kadhimi’s conciliatory. While Saudi officials denied the existence of such a meeting, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said good relations with Saudi Arabia are always welcomed, without commenting on the authenticity of reports.

Qatari support for the Saudi Prince’s statements came at a stage when the ties between the two countries are improving. The two countries, as well as Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt have reached an agreement to end the 3,5 year-long dispute at the 41st summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council held in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula province in January.

Recently, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz held a phone call with the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamed Al Thani and invited him to visit Saudi Arabia.

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