Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran amid regional crisis
The Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Thursday morning that the country’s ambassador would return to Tehran.
Qatar reestablished diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, ignoring the demands of Arab countries that have now locked themselves in a regional conflict with the energy-rich country to mitigate their ties to Tehran.
In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis that has hit the Gulf Arab countries since June, when Qatar found its land, air and air routes cut by its neighbors in Doha policies throughout the Middle East.
“Qatar has shown that it is going in a different direction,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a researcher at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, who lives in Seattle. “It could very well be calculated to reinforce the fact that Qatar does not rush into regional pressure imposed on it.”
The Qatari Foreign Ministry said on Thursday morning that the country’s ambassador would return to Tehran. Qatar called its ambassador in early 2016 after Saudi Arabia executed an eminence of Shiite clerics provoked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran, a movement of solidarity with the kingdom.
“The state of Qatar has expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all areas,” said a brief report from the Foreign Ministry.
Iranian state media have acknowledged unprocessed development.
Despite the memory of his ambassador in 2016, Iran and Qatar have maintained their valuable trade links. Qatar and Iran share a vast offshore natural gas field, called the Pars Sur Field in Tehran and the North Field in Doha.
The vast reserves of this gas field have made the Qataris have the highest per capita income in the world, financed the new Al-Jazeera satellite network and organized the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Since the diplomatic row with Arab nations began in June, Iran has sent food supplies to Qatar. Shiite Iran has also incorporated the crisis in its regular criticism of Sunni-led Saudi Arabia, part of the long-term proxy war for Mideast’s powers.
There was no immediate reaction from the Arab nations that boycotted Qatar. On Wednesday, the Central African nation of Chad announced that it would close its embassy in Doha, accusing Qatar of trying to destabilize it from neighboring Libya.
The diplomatic crisis began on June 5, when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates broke ties with Qatar on the allegations, including the financing of extremists and too close to Iran. Qatar has long rejected financial extremists.
The boycotted countries then issued a list of 13 petitions in Qatar, including that Doha closed its diplomatic posts in Iran. Qatar ignored the demands and allowed a deadline to meet, thus creating a visible impasse in the crisis. Attempts by Kuwait, the United States and others have not progressed.
In recent days, however, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow Qataris to make the annual hajj pilgrimage, which is required of all healthy Muslims once in their lives.