Qatar PM in Iran to Boost Ties

A0396652.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) – Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani held talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Wednesday on a visit aimed at boosting strong energy links with the Islamic republic.“Qatar wants a comprehensive boost in its relations with Iran, and in regard to energy it pays special importance,” Thani told IRNA.

Ahmadinejad told Thani that Tehran “sees no restriction in expanding ties” with fellow OPEC member Qatar, with which it shares one of the world’s biggest natural gas fields in the Persian Gulf.

“Energy and other existing potentials can consolidate the two nations’ relations more than before,” he added.

Ahmadinejad has been working to boost Tehran’s relations with Arab states, becoming in May the first leader of the Islamic republic to visit the United Arab Emirates.

He also performed this year’s annual Muslim pilgrimage to hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Thani’s trip comes 10 days after Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum, the prime minister of fellow Persian Gulf Cooperation Council member UAE, visited Tehran.

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