Qatar restored its diplomatic relations with Iran, foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.
According to a statement from the Ministry, Qatar aimed to bolster relations between the two countries, which share the world’s largest natural gas field.
The statement read,
“The State of Qatar announced today that its ambassador to Tehran will return to exercise its diplomatic duties.”
Qatar was also seeking to “strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields”.
Ambassador from Tehran was pulled By Doha in January 2016 following attacks on the Saudi Arabian embassy, spurred by Riyadh’s decision to execute a Shiite cleric in the kingdom.
Political and business leaders in Qatar have to maintain ties with Iran because of the gas field, which Doha calls the North Field and in Tehran is known as South Pars.
A telephone conversation was held between the Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
They discussed bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them as well as a number of issues of common concern during the conversation.
Iran allows Qatar’s national carrier to use its airspace and sent fresh food supplies to Doha after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties and cut transport and trade ties with Doha and imposed a blockade on Qatar in June.
Al Sharq told in an Arabic daily that by the return of the Qatari ambassador to Tehran,
“we must remember that the State of Qatar had decided to withdraw its ambassador from Tehran because of the attacks on the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran,” the paper said, adding that this decision expresses Qatar’s full solidarity with Saudi Arabia.
The reason for which the Qatari ambassador has been withdrawn no longer exists, the Qatari daily said.
The paper stresed on the fact that Iran is a neighboring country and it is normal for relations to extend, pointing out that Qatar always calls for respect for neighborliness and resolving differences by dialogue.
The presence of the ambassador in Tehran will help facilitate economic transactions and increase the flow of goods, indicating that during the siege, maritime, air and shipping traffic as well as the pace of trade with Iran, which is the sole gateway of the State of Qatar, have increased, according to the paper.