Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi have discussed bilateral ties and the implementation of agreements in a phone conversation on 10 July.
The two leaders referenced the intensive diplomatic consultations and meetings between officials over recent months, with Raisi saying that “these meetings and consultations have a positive effect on the process of implementing agreements between our two countries.”
The Qatari emir said he hoped the blessings of the Islamic Eid will benefit the two nations, and expressed satisfaction over the bilateral relations and the rapid implementation of agreements.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and President Ebrahim Raisi have significantly expanded bilateral cooperation, specifically, in the sectors of trade and commerce.
On 6 July, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman al-Thani met with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran to discuss efforts to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal.
Qatar had recently hosted two days of indirect talks between the US and Iran, with the EU conducting shuttle diplomacy.
According to western reports, the Doha talks concluded without progress, but Iran was suggesting otherwise. As of now, no further negotiations have been scheduled.
The two ministers held a press conference after the Doha talks, where Amir-Abdollahian countered US claims attributing the failure of nuclear talks in Doha to Iran.
“Despite some media claims by the American side, we have no claims that go beyond the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” Iranian foreign minister said, adding that Tehran is ready to proceed with the talks.
Amir-Abdollahian emphasized Tehran’s demand for an “effective guarantee” by the US in relation to their promises in the original deal.
The Qatari foreign minister reiterated Doha’s support for the restoration of the JCPOA, and for frequent regional talks between Iran and their neighbors.
One month prior, the Emir of Qatar met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Raisi on 12 May, for talks on bilateral and regional issues, and on the revival of sanctions-removal talks between Iran and western powers.
“The current level of economic relations between the two countries is low and must be multiplied … Also, in political issues there is ground for more exchange of views and we hope this trip can become a new origin for expanding cooperation,” the Supreme Leader said.
Talks on sanctions removal were suspended in March after the US seized two Iranian oil cargo ships that Washington claimed were violating sanctions.
Hours later, following the announcement of the suspension, the Iranian delegation left Vienna.
Despite efforts to revive the talks, areas of disagreement remain, including the US refusal to remove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from their list of foreign terrorist organizations.