Qatar Chumming Up With Iran to Create a New Block Against Saudis?

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After restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, Qatar has started work on "patching up a new radical ideology" in the region as foundation of this growing alliance, The Dependent has learnt.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry said that it had chose to return its ambassador to Iran and expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral ties with Iran in all fields.

Editor's Remarks: The Saudi Arabian led blockade of Qatar, supported by Egypt, UAE and Bahrain, has continued through the summer and tensions could get worse as the Gulf state seeks to "strengthen bilateral relations with Iran in all fields".

Qatar's Foreign Ministry in a statement said that Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke by phone to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

A statement issued following the talks claims the two men "discussed bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them as well as a number of issues of common concern".

Meanwhile, Chad said it is closing Qatar's embassy and giving its diplomats 10 days to leave the country, accusing the Gulf Arab state of trying to destabilize the central African nation via its northern neighbor Libya. Attempts by Kuwait, the USA and others have failed to make headway.

Doha recalled its ambassador to Tehran in January 2016 following attacks on Saudi Arabia's embassy in Iran by some demonstrators in protest to Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. "It published 200 cartoons, while the UAE also published 200 and Bahrain published 180".

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There was no official reaction from Saudi Arabia to the Qatari announcement, but the Saudi state-run media outlets have portrayed the move as a sign that another Arab capital has been conquered by Tehran.

Analysts believe the unprecedented political crisis in the Persian Gulf has pushed Qatar closer to Tehran.

"The management of the crisis caused the burning of bridges, the squandering of sovereignty and the deepening of the Qatari crisis and undermined what remained of the mediator's chances", he snapped.

Qatar is headed, like Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states, by a Sunni dynasty, while Iran is a predominantly Shiite country.

"The wisdom that we hoped for was completely absent", he added.

One of those demands was that Qatar further downgrade ties with Iran. She declined to comment on the normalization of Tehran-Doha ties.

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