Iran Calls for Solving Rift over Qatar

15 June, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Khamenei has made several statements denouncing the United States since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, while U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken out against Iran in harsh terms since taking office, indicating that he will reverse the previous admistration's attempts at rapprochement with Tehran. UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, and key architect of the blockade on Qatar told CNN's John Defterios that Qatar offers "very, very huge logistical, financial support for extremist groups".

Following the incident, the so-called Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombings.

"The American government is against an independent Iran".

Zarif told the forum that recent Saudi officials' remarks against Iran are a "direct threat and very risky provocation".

"President Trump is trying to change the nationality post-mortem of 15 of the 19 September 11 suicide bombers, or of every other suicide bomber that attacked U.S. soil or any Western country over the past 20 years", he said.

According to Iran's Press TV, at least 12 people have been killed in Wednesday's attacks while another 42 were injured and admitted to three hospitals for treatment. "Instead, we will work so that the battle is for them in Iran, not in Saudi Arabia".

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That's even after Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah flew to Qatar to discuss the crisis with officials. The Kuwaiti leader went to the UAE and Qatar on June 7 for talks on the crisis and is now back in Kuwait.

On June 7, terrorists launched simultaneous attacks on Iran's parliament building in downtown Tehran and on the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, south of the city.

Iran and Saudi Arabia accuse each other of subverting regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts including those in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

There are no apparent plans by Arab states to propose that names from their Qatar blacklist be subjected to United Nations sanctions, diplomats said on Wednesday, a likely hard move that would need approval by the 15-member U.N. Security Council.

Zarif described Iran-Kenya relations as good and assured Kenya of Tehran's readiness for providing humanitarian aid to the country. Under the deal, limits were put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic. He said Iran would "definitely" react if a reaction was found warranted "based on the joint commission's discretion".

The meeting was held Tuesday on the sidelines of the Oslo Forum, 2017 June 13-14.

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