In the face of the call by the United States for a return to international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Qatar’s U.S. envoy has expressed to Newsweek an offer to hold discussions to de-escalate tensions between Iran and Arab states of the Persian Gulf.President Donald Trump has doubled down on his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran in the leadup to this year’s United Nations General Assembly, attempting to invoke a snapback of economic restrictions lifted by a 2015 nuclear deal unilaterally abandoned by the United States two and a half years ago.In leading this push, the Trump administration has claimed the full support of the Sunni Muslim monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula.But one country seeks instead to dial down the temperature of the tense region through negotiation.”Qatar’s priority has always been to maintain stability in the Gulf region,” Qatari ambassador to the United States Meshal bin Hamid Al Thani told Newsweek. “This includes maintaining dialogue with neighbors in the region.”The diplomat emphasized that Doha does not “always see eye-to-eye” with Tehran but explained that peace was in the interest of all parties in the region.”Qatar has its share of disagreements with Iran, especially when it comes to foreign policy,” Al… Read full this story
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