Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani welcomed any dialogue and a positive spirit that would accrue to the relations of Iran and the Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, stressing Doha’s support for this, and also welcoming the return of relations between Kenya and Somalia.
The Qatari foreign minister added – in an interview with Al-Jazeera (6/5/2021) – that the Gulf countries are interested in having a direct dialogue with Iran in solving the problems surrounding us, especially in light of the existence of mutual concerns between the two parties.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani confirmed that there are continuous contacts with Washington and Tehran to urge them to engage in a positive dialogue, stressing that Doha does not want to increase the tension, which will reflect negatively on Qatar and the region.
The Qatari Foreign Minister hoped that the Vienna negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program would succeed, that all concerns of all parties would be addressed, and that the negotiations would result in regional efforts and a regional dialogue with Iran.
On the Lebanese issue, the Qatari minister indicated that the crisis in Lebanon is political and has led to an economic crisis, stressing that Qatar will continue to support the parties to reach political stability.
Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani confirmed that the reasons for the disagreement with the Syrian regime are still the same, and therefore Qatar’s position on the regime has not changed.
Regarding the file of Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al-Emadi, who issued an Emiri decree to dismiss him from his post, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said that no one is above the law in Qatar, indicating that the investigation with the Minister of Finance is still ongoing. Qaima, an investigation that has to do with the civil service and has nothing to do with the companies he manages.
Somalia and Kenya
The Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, welcomed the resumption of relations between Kenya and Somalia, expressing his thanks to the presidents of the two countries for their political will to restore relations.
The Qatari minister said that his country will follow this development in the relationship, “and if there is a need for intervention, we will welcome continued support for these efforts.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani called for the continuation of normal relations between the two countries, and urged all parties “to intensify communication.” He said that tension on the Somali-Kenyan border was one of the reasons for severing relations, and that “the two parties have the political will to resolve this tension.”
In the same context, the Qatari minister encouraged holding Somali elections on the date agreed upon between the political parties.