Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani expressed his support for Qatar and slammed the Saudi-led bloc for their ‘unjust and unfair pressures’ on Doha. He urged the siege nations to resolve the dispute through dialogue and negotiations.
The Iranian leader made the remarks during a meeting with the speaker of Qatar’s Advisory Council, H E Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, in Tehran, the Iranian capital.
“We believe that any pressure on the Qatari government and people is unacceptable, and if there are differences between the countries of the region, especially the neighbour countries, they should only be resolved through dialogue,” Rouhani said on the sidelines of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) Conference.
The four Arab states imposed sanctions on Qatar in June last year, after accusing it of supporting terrorism. However, Qatar has denied all such allegations.
Meanwhile, Al Mahmoud appreciated the support of Iran. “We’re happy that Doha-Tehran ties are based on friendship, brotherliness and good neighbourliness,” he said.
“Thanks to the help and support of its friends, especially Iran, Qatar today is firmly standing against allegations and conspiracies,” the Qatari delegate added.
Qatar is seeking international arbitration in an attempt to end the blockade imposed on by the Saudi-led group.