Qatar's FM urges for de-escalation in US-Iran row

Qatar's FM urges for de-escalation in US-Iran row

By QLNews

Qatar along with other countries have been urging both Iran and the United States about de-escalation, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister His Excellency Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said yesterday, calling both nations to come to a compromise.

"We believe that at one point there should an engagement - it cannot last forever like this," Sheikh Mohamed told reporters in London.

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera

"Since they are not willing to engage in further escalation, they should come up with ideas that open the doors,” he said.

In addition to Qatar, Oman, Iraq and Japan have also been urging de-escalation with the two sides, the Qatari FM noted.

"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."

"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," he underlined.

Recently, there have been escalatory developments between Iran and the United States after Washington re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran and pulled out of a major nuclear deal.

US had also sent its forces to the Middle East in a show of force to counter what US officials called Iranian threats to US troops and interests.

With regard to a solution to the Gulf crisis, the Qatari foreign minister said the issue remains unchanged, as one of the parties has been aiming for a zero sum game. "When you have one of the parties aiming for a zero sum game, nothing will change."

Sheikh Mohammed also commented on the US-Middle East peace plan, saying Doha would accept any plan that is acceptable to the Palestinians, warning that any US-led solution could not be imposed on Palestinians, according to Al Jazeera.

The US blueprint, driven by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, is seen by Palestinians, and by some Arab officials and politicians, as a plan to finish off the Palestinian cause.

"As far as we see, right now, there is disconnect between the Palestinians and the US,” Sheikh Mohamed told reporters.

"It cannot be a solution like, sort of, imposed on the Palestinians - no country in the Arab world can accept that," Sheikh Mohamed said.

"If the plan is rejected by one of the parties it means the plan is either unfair or just not realistic," he said. "The best scenario is either that both parties accept it or that both parties reject it."

Sheikh Mohamed said there would not be a pledging conference. He praised the economic part of the Kushner plan as being "wonderful" but said it needed a sound political foundation.

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