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Qatari-Iranian talks in Doha and Zarif warns of America flooding the region with weapons

2019-08-12T14:46:18.410Z



The Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received a message from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on relations between the two countries. The Emir received on Monday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is currently visiting Doha. "Matchbox".

The Qatari news agency said that Rouhani's message to the Emir related to relations between the two countries and ways to support them, as well as a number of regional and international issues. She added that Sheikh Tamim's meeting with the Iranian foreign minister dealt with the latest developments in the region.

After meeting with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, Zarif stressed that ensuring security in the Gulf waters is the responsibility of the countries bordering on it.

American weapons
Zarif also stressed in an interview with Al Jazeera that the threats to the Gulf come from the United States and its allies who are flooding the region with weapons, and accused Washington of turning the region into a "flammable sulfur can."

He said in the meeting that Tehran's military expenditures last year amounted to about $ 22 billion only, compared to 87 billion spent by Saudi Arabia on arms purchases.

"The Gulf is a narrow waterway and the more foreign ships there are, the less secure it is," he said, noting that the US navy in the Gulf has not achieved security, and that the best thing Americans do to protect maritime navigation in the Gulf is to leave their people alone.

Gulf oil tanker traffic through the Strait of Hormuz has become the focus of a confrontation between the United States and Iran over the past few months, exacerbating tensions between them on the back of Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement and the re-establishment of economic sanctions on Tehran to tighten the latter to conclude a new nuclear agreement.

After attacks on six tankers in May and June, and the seizure of a British-flagged tanker by Iran in July, two weeks after London seized an Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar, the United States said it was forming an international coalition to secure a naval force that would ensure Free shipping business in the Strait of Hormuz.

Source: aljazeera

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