Iran’s president urges active cooperation among Persian Gulf nations
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi says he seeks to develop political and economic ties with the Arab littoral states of the Persian Gulf and activate good neighborly diplomacy during his visit to Qatar.
“The trip to Qatar is in line with the activation of [our] neighborly diplomacy, especially with Persian Gulf countries, and is meant to tap their capacities in order to develop political and economic ties,” Raeisi told reporters on Monday just before he departed Tehran for Doha to attend the sixth summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).
He highlighted that the visit is taking place at the invitation of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and has two objectives.
“The first goal is to develop bilateral relations with Qatar as a friendly and brotherly neighboring country, while the second one is to participate in the GECF summit,” the Iranian president pointed out.
The Iranian president then pointed to the country’s joint gas field with Qatar, stating that the two countries have considerable cooperation in this regard and should take fundamental steps to elevate the level of their business and energy ties.
Raeisi added that Iran is one of the founders of the GECF and that the forum was formed on an initiative from the country, stressing that the Islamic Republic is among the three most important countries exporting gas in the world alongside Qatar and Russia.
During his two-day trip, negotiations will be held between top Iranian and Qatari officials, and a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding will be signed by the two sides.
Raeisi is scheduled to address the Sixth Summit of GECF in Doha on Tuesday.
He is expected to hold talks with leaders of the participating countries on the sidelines of the event.