Tehran/Doha, 5 September 2022 (TDI): Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, held a telephonic conversation with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

During the phone call, the two dignitaries discussed matters and issues of mutual interest. Both the Foreign Ministers reviewed the bilateral relations between Qatar and Iran.

Further, they also discussed the latest developments in the negotiations to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the United States.

The JCPOA was an agreement reached between Iran and P5+1 (China, the United Kingdom (UK), France, Russia, the United States, plus Germany) in 2015 and implemented in January 2016.

According to a statement released by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar reiterated the country’s support for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the US to reach a consensus that contributes to reviving the JCPOA nuclear deal and reaching a fair agreement for all.

Further, Qatar’s Foreign Minister emphasized that while considering the concerns of all parties, this agreement is important for the security and stability of the whole region.

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Relations between Qatar and Iran

The Republic of Iran was among the first countries that recognized the State of Qatar’s Independence.  After a month of Qatar’s independence, a declaration of recognition of the state and the establishment of Qatar-Iran diplomatic ties was published.

The relations between people of the two states are based on neighborhood and shared Islamic religion. In addition, Iran played a significant role in the reconstruction and economic development of Qatar.

Apart from this, in the last 28 years, the trade between the two states reached $2.87 billion, with Iran’s exports to Qatar worth $2.27 billion.

Moreover, in February 2022, Ebrahim Raisi, President of Iran visited the State of Qatar. During his visit, several bilateral cooperation deals were signed between the two countries, aimed at strengthening the existing ties.