January 12, 2020 / 1:31 PM / 5 days ago

Qatar emir in Iran, calls for regional de-escalation at 'sensitive' time

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani during a welcome ceremony, in Tehran, Iran January 12, 2020. Official Iranian Presidential Website/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said during a visit to Iran on Sunday that de-escalation and dialogue were needed to resolve regional crises at a “sensitive” time.

He was speaking in a televised news conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to Tehran at a time of heightened U.S.-Iranian tensions that threaten to destabilise the region.

Sheikh Tamim also thanked Iran, with which his country shares a giant gas field, for supporting Doha by providing air and land routes after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a trade and transport boycott on Qatar in mid-2017.

Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Edmund Blair

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