12 May 2022
Statements of His Highness the Amir after the Talk Sessions with Iranian President
His Highness The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressed his thanks to HE Iranian President for his invitation to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran, and for the warm welcome accorded to His Highness and the accompanying delegation.
This came during joint press statements made by HH The Amir and HE President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ebrahim Raisi, after their talks at the Republican Palace today. HH The Amir affirmed that this is the second visit of His Highness to Iran, which comes after the recent visit of HE the Iranian President to Doha, and this visit reflects the importance of relations between the two countries and the joint work to strengthen, develop and push them to higher levels.
HH The Amir affirmed that in his meeting with HE the Iranian President, he touched on important bilateral issues in various fields, explaining that the bilateral discussions included many topics of common interest, and that the two sides agreed on the importance of all working in the region to resolve conflicts, reduce tension and make the region in a better situation, including serve its people.
With regard to Qatari-Iranian relations, HH The Amir indicated that the State of Qatar is keen to establish a permanent and continuous dialogue, stressing that Iran is a neighbor and has historical relations with the State of Qatar based on common interests, mutual respect and meaningful discussion for the sake of stability in the region and strengthening international peace and security.
With regard to regional and international issues, HH The Amir indicated that he discussed with HE the Iranian President the Palestinian issue, and the continued Israeli occupation and violation of the rights of the Palestinian people were discussed. In this context, HH The Amir and HE the Iranian President expressed their sincere condolences to the family of Palestinian journalist Shereen Abu Aqleh, who was martyred by the Israeli occupation forces. HH The Amir called for the perpetrators of this heinous crime to be held accountable, and called on the international community to abandon double standards and protect civilians from repeated Israeli attacks that violate international laws and norms.
With regard to the Vienna negotiations, HH The Amir said that the State of Qatar looks positively and optimistically at international efforts to peacefully resolve differences with Iran over its nuclear project. HH The Amir said that this has always been Qatar’s approach in supporting peace and stability in the region.
The discussions also touched on the situations in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria, and the importance of dialogue was emphasized to reach a solution to these crises. In this regard, HH The Amir affirmed that the State of Qatar believes in respecting the sovereignty of countries, non-interference in their internal affairs, respect for good neighborliness, and resolving differences and disputes through dialogue.
HH The Amir affirmed that adherence to these principles is the key to resolving all disputes and crises in the region.
To conclude his statements, HH The Amir expressed his aspiration to welcome the Iranian fans to watch their national team matches in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament in Qatar next November. His Highness noted that the State of Qatar will fulfill its promise to organize an exceptional tournament by all standards, which will be a source of pride for the entire Islamic world, expressing his thanks to the Islamic Republic of Iran for expressing its willingness to support the hosting of this event.
HE the Iranian President began his statements by expressing his happiness at HH The Amir’s acceptance of his invitation to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran, praising the two countries’ historical relations of neighborliness and friendship.
HE the Iranian President pointed to the importance of the region’s security, especially the security of the waterways in the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, stressing that the two countries will cooperate and consult to establish and ensure security on these roads.
To conclude, HE the Iranian President expressed his deep thanks and appreciation to HH The Amir and his accompanying delegation for this visit, considering that it represents a turning point in the level of bilateral relations between the two countries, and that its role is important in strengthening bilateral relations and regional and international cooperation, hoping that it will achieve a beneficial effect in bilateral relations.
HH The Amir and HE the Iranian President witnessed the signing of the minutes of the joint statement, as it was signed by HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, and on the Iranian side by HE Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.