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Qatari FM makes unannounced visit to Iran, days after US trip

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speaks during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Alhahkim in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speaks during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Alhahkim in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

TEHRAN, Iran — Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has arrived in Tehran in an unannounced visit and is meeting top officials, days after visiting Washington, the state news agency reports.

IRNA says that Al-Thani, who is also Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister, met president-elect Ebrahim Raisi and the two discussed bilateral relations.

“Tehran puts special emphasis on relations with Doha,” Raisi says, noting that his administration’s priority in foreign policy will be relations with neighbors.

“Be certain that Iran wishes well for its neighbors,” he adds.

Qatar’s top diplomat earlier met Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for talks focusing on the “latest bilateral developments and important regional and international issues,” Iran’s foreign ministry says in a statement.

Al-Thani’s visit comes after he met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Thursday.

During that meeting, the two reviewed “bilateral cooperation and regional developments, particularly in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Palestine,” according to the foreign ministry in Doha.

The Qatari diplomat also emphasized the “need for an open and transparent dialogue between GCC countries and Iran, to achieve stability in the region.”

Since April, Tehran has been engaged in talks with world powers in Vienna over reviving a 2015 nuclear accord, with Washington taking part indirectly in the negotiations.

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