Qatar’s foreign minister has called for a reduction in tensions with Tehran and dialogue between Iran and the GCC.
Qatar has called on the United States and Iran to take part in “positive” talks as negotiators begin the fourth and possibly decisive phase of indirect talks to try to restore the Iran nuclear deal.
Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Thani said Qatar had called for a reduction in tensions between Washington and Tehran as diplomats from both sides met in Vienna on Friday with European, Russian and Chinese representatives to find a way to restore Iran’s nuclear deal.
“We have a strong and strategic relationship with Washington and we have a good relationship with Tehran and we do not want to escalate this tension, which will negatively reflect Qatar and the region,” he said.
Al Thani told Al Jazeera in an interview that “the United States and Iran are constantly being called and encouraged to engage in dialogue in a positive way.”
In Washington, a senior U.S. State Department official said Thursday There may be compromises If Iran makes a political decision, Washington and Tehran will be able to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal within weeks.
“Is it possible that in the next few weeks we will see a return to mutual consent, or an understanding of mutual consent? It is possible, yes, ”the official told reporters on condition of anonymity during a telephone briefing.
Arriving in 2015, the UN-backed agreement promised Iran to suspend its nuclear program and refrain from developing fossil fuels for nuclear weapons in exchange for freeing it from the sanctions of economic sanctions.
Former President Donald Trump Abandonment of contract In 2018 and the U.S. reinstated sanctions, even though Iran complied with the terms of the agreement.
About a year later, Iran began taking steps to enrich uranium using more sophisticated centrifuges to raise alarms among its Arab neighbors.
“There are mutual fears between the GCC countries and Iran and there needs to be a direct dialogue to address these fears,” said Al Thani, who led A high level representative Tehran in February to discuss the nuclear deal and tensions between Iran and its Arab rivals.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Was warned last month Talks in Vienna will be called off following a request from the Gulf Cooperation Council to raise concerns about Iran’s nuclear program in any revised version of the 2015 agreement.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Saeed Khatibzadeh said: “The purpose of this statement is not to involve them, but to disrupt the technical talks in Vienna.”
Saudi Arabia opposed the Iran nuclear deal and, in 2013, severed ties with Qatar, which enjoyed good relations with Tehran and sought to impose sanctions.
In January, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states announced a halt to operations against Qatar. Saudi Arabia and Iran recently Iraq talks held In diplomatic efforts to open channels and reduce hostilities.