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Russia and Iran Believe that Qatar Crisis Can Be Solved Through Dialogue

09.06.2017 18:18

Moscow and Teheran share stances that the Qatar diplomatic crisis should be resolved through dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Friday.

"We discussed on progress in the Syrian settlement and how the Qatar issue may influence our joint efforts", Lavrov said. According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin is convinced that the Qatar crisis should be resolved at the negotiating table and all concerns should be alleviated through dialogue", Lavrov pointed out.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed that his country shared the views of Russian colleagues.

Lavrov and Zarif met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit in Kazakhstan’s Astana.

It is important to recall that earlier Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya, Mauritius and the Maldives announced that they severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and extremism, hostile policy and meddling in the affairs of the Arab states. Later Mauritania and the Comoros Islands also severed diplomatic relations with Doha. Jordan and Djibouti reduced their diplomatic status with Qatar.

Some countries said they would cut sea and air traffic to Qatar, as well as expel its diplomats and citizens. Qatar expressed regret over this decision calling it groundless.