Qatar says its ambassador will return to Tehran more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia’s missions by protesters.
The decision defies demands by Saudi Arabia and several Arab allies that Doha sever remaining ties with Tehran.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry announced on August 24 that its ambassador would “return to resume his diplomatic duties,” without specifying an exact date for the ambassador’s return or providing his name.
A statement said Doha was seeking to “strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields,” adding that Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdulrahman al-Thani had discussed the matter in a telephone call with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Later in the day, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that during the conversation late on August 23, the Qatari side “expressed their desire to send their ambassador back to Tehran and we welcomed this decision.”
“The development of relations with our neighbors is an absolute priority” for Tehran, Qasemi added.