EghtesadOnline: Qatar and other countries have been talking to both Iran and the United States about de-escalation, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Sunday, urging both sides to meet and find a compromise.
“We believe that at one point, there should an engagement. It cannot last forever like this,” he told reporters in London on Sunday. “Since they are not willing to engage in further escalation, they should come up with ideas that open the doors.”
The Qatari foreign minister said several countries, including Qatar, Oman, Iraq and Japan, had been urging de-escalation with the two sides, Reuters reported.
“All these countries are concerned what escalation could lead to,” he said. “There were attempts by Qatar and by other countries in the region to de-escalate the situation: we have been speaking to the US and we have been talking to the Iranians as well.”
According to Financial Tribune, Sheikh Mohammed said, “What we are trying to do is really to bridge the gap and create a conversation between the two parties as escalation is not going to benefit anyone in the region.”
Referring to the top Qatari diplomat’s remarks, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, “From our side, no country has been assigned to mediate any talks … But we listen to friendly countries’ views and their concerns about regional issues, and this is certainly the case with Qatar,” ISNA reported.
Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States in recent weeks after Washington reimposed economic sanctions on Iran after pulling out of a big-power nuclear deal and sent forces to the Middle East in a show of force to counter what US officials alleged as Iranian threats to US troops and interests.