Surprisingly this week, Qatar announced it would return its ambassador to Iran, nearly two years after recalling him out of solidarity with Saudi Arabia.
At the same time around Saudi Arabia had executed a Shia cleric, prompting protestors to attack its missions in Iran. Then it quickly recalled its envoys, and many Gulf states followed suit.
— MOFA – Qatar (@MofaQatar_EN) 23 August 2017
Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the return of the ambassador comes amid “its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields.” in a statement earlier this week.
Iran grew closer to Qatar during the Gulf dispute, allowing the nation to use its airspace and sending fresh food over the past few months.
UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash criticized Qatar’s decision as escalation of the Gulf dispute in a series of tweet on Tweeter earlier this week.
إدارة الأزمة عبر حرق الجسور وهدر السيادة والهروب إلى الأمام عمَّق أزمة قطر ويقوض ما تبقى للوسيط من فرص، الحكمة التي تمنيناها غابت تماما.
— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) 24 August 2017
Translation: “The management of the crisis caused the burning of bridges, the squandering of sovereignty and the deepening of the Qatari crisis and undermined what remained of the mediator’s chances. The wisdom that we hoped for was completely absent.”
Since three months Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar. They’ve accused the country of financing terrorism, which it denies.
They also demanded to close Al Jazeera, reduce ties with Iran and shut its Turkish military base if it wants the blockade to end.
A country also accused Qatar of destabilizing the central African region due to its involvement in Libya.
Qatar strongly responded by denouncing the allegations. It said it would close Chad’s embassy in Doha and is giving diplomatics and staff 72 hours to leave the country.
In a statement, Senegal’s foreign minister said he hoped the act “encourages efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis between Qatar and neighboring countries.”