Qatari ambassador back on the job in Iran


Qatar's announced that its ambassador to Tehran would "return to resume his diplomatic duties" on its foreign ministry website on Thursday.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denounced Qatar's recent decision to restore full diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing Doha of undermining chances to resolve a rift between several Arab countries of the Persian Gulf and Qatar.

The Arab countries allied with Saudi Arabia blame Doha of interfering in the domestic affairs of other states and sponsoring terrorism, an accusation Qatar has rejected as "groundless".

Doha has been receiving fresh food supplies from the Iran, which has also allowed Qatar's national carrier to use its airspace.

Taking into account this sharp deterioration of ties between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in the first place, he said, Doha now needs more support from Iran.

"For 37 years since the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1979), Qatar has been trying to maintain equal and balanced relations with our country". The decision to return the ambassador, announced early Thursday, comes amid a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations.

However, west African nation Senegal this week reinstated its ambassador to Qatar after recalling him out of solidarity with Saudi Arabia three months ago.

The Saudi-led bloc later on released a list of demands, including reducing ties with Iran, that Qatar should fulfil prior to any normalization of relations. Qatar ignored the demands and let a deadline to comply pass, creating an apparent stalemate in the crisis.

This week, Chad closed its Qatar embassy and gave diplomats 10 days to leave the country. Attempts by Kuwait, the US and others have failed to make headway. This announcement came after Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif via telephone. Sheikh Abdullah's grandfather, father and brother were rulers of Qatar until a palace coup ousted his branch of the royal family in 1972 and a prominent Saudi columnist has suggested the sheikh could be the start of a Qatari government-in-exile.

"Given that a formal escalation in terms of sanctions is probably off the table for now, we're seeing this informal pressure on try and perhaps stir the pot", the professor said.