UAE reacts angrily to Qatar's restoration of Iran ties

UAE reacts angrily to Qatar's restoration of Iran ties

UAE reacts angrily to Qatar's restoration of Iran ties

It pulled out its ambassador in January 2016 following attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman embraced the Qatari announcement of the normalization of Iran diplomatic relations as a "rational and positive" step, saying the conflict-ridden Middle East desperately needs closer bonds among regional countries.

The decision to elevate relations with the Islamic Republic comes amid a diplomatic rift between Qatar and several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

Responding to the restoration of Iran's ambassador to Qatar, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash has accused Qatar of prolonging the Gulf crisis.

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But, as the Saudi-led siege threatened to cause shortages of food and vital goods in Qatar, Iran started sending shipments of foodstuffs to the Arab country on humanitarian grounds, as did a number of other countries.

"For 37 years since the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1979), Qatar has been trying to maintain equal and balanced relations with our country".

In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention all that is ideologically common between Doha and the Gulf Arab nations, and how much it would now ideologically overlap with Tehran.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters Thursday that the US remains "very deeply concerned with the status of the dispute" between Qatar and the Arab quartet.

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Meanwhile, a new country has cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, after accusing it of destabilizing the central African region due to its involvement in Libya. Qatar long has denied funding extremists.

The boycotting countries later issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar, including that Doha shut its diplomatic posts in Iran.

"Chad's diplomatic mission to Doha will also be closed and diplomatic staff repatriated", the statement read. Qatar ignored the demands and let a deadline to comply pass, creating an apparent stalemate in the crisis.

Mediation attempts led by countries such as Kuwait and the United States have so far failed to make headway toward settling the crisis.

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Qatar's Foreign Ministry in a statement said that Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke by phone to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. Abdullah's grandfather, father and brother were rulers of Qatar until a palace coup ousted his branch of the royal family in 1972.

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