Iran to stand by Qatar: Pres. Rouhani

TEHRAN, Jan. 12 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran stood by Qatar after some countries imposed sanctions on it, adding, "we will be with Qatar in the future."

Addressing a joint news conference with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Sunday evening, President Rouhani said that it is clear to all that relations between the two countries are friendly and neighborly.

"We have been with Qatar in recent years after some countries imposed sanctions on Qatar, and we will be with Qatar in the future," the Iranian president added.

The political relations between the two countries are very good, he said, adding that during today's meeting the two sides  made important decisions to develop bilateral relations.

"We have good capacities for developing economic, business, scientific and cultural cooperation," Rouhani added.

In the next few months, a joint commission will be formed, and "we hope that the two countries will agree on trade, investment, and technology in all fields", the president highlighted.

Rouhani added that today "we decided to set up a joint commission" on an annual basis, noting that "we also decided to increase political and economic relations between the political and economic authorities" and to use all our capacities to the benefit of both nations.

President went on to say that given the importance of regional security, especially the waterways in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Oman Sea, the two decided to have more consultations and cooperation for the overall security of the region.

Rouhani underscored that "we attach great importance to this visit and the presence of the Emir of Qatar in Iran and we hope to witness wider relations between the two countries and in the benefit of both nations and the whole region".

Iranian President also stated that "we hope this trip has a very beneficial impact on both countries and I would like to thank the Emir of Qatar for visiting Iran again".

Accompanied by a high-ranking political delegation, the Qatari Emir arrived in Tehran this afternoon.

His visit is reportedly focused on the recent developments in the region as well as the bilateral ties between the two countries.

MNA/ 4823673

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