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Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg
25th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Qatar is restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran and will send its ambassador back to Tehran.

Doha severed ties with Iran in early 2016 when mobs ransacked Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad. Their restoration will further strain relations with its Arabian Gulf neighbors, and is likely to anger the US.

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Doha’s restoration of diplomatic relations with Tehran does not necessarily suggest an alliance, but “undoubtedly will be seen as a move in the wrong direction by both Washington and the quartet of Arab states pressing Qatar to cut its ties to violent extremists,” David Andrew Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Arab News.

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gulf-states, iran, qatar