Iran urges dialogue over Qatar, Zarif says 'imperative'

President Rohani's office recalls 'sword dance' for Trump

05 June, 18:36

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 5 - Iran on Monday invited all parties involved in the crisis that brought various Arab and Gulf countries to cut relations with Qatar to learn "from the bitter experiences" of conflict in the region and reduce tensions, "avoiding excited reactions and relying on wisdom and moderation", said Foreign Minister Spokesman Bahram Qasemi.

    Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: "Neighbors are permanent; geography can't be changed. Coercion is never the solution. Dialogue is imperative, especially during blessed Ramadan". Semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim called Zarif's tweet an explicit call for dialogue.

    Tasnim editor-in-chief Abas Aslani tweeted that Zarif spoke by phone with representatives of Iraq, Oman, and Turkey.

    Political Deputy for Iran's Presidential Office Hamid Aboutalebi said the period in which relations were cut is over, adding that what's happening is a result of the "sword dance". This was an implicit reference to US President Donald Trump's recent visit to Riyadh, where a sword dance was performed in his honour.

    Aboutalebi said it's also a sort of humiliation for Saudi Arabia - traditionally considered a sort of big brother of the Arab world - to abdicate this role to the Trump administration.


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