The Emir of Qatar said he did not think there was any alternative for anyone, including those opposed to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), other than a return to the deal.

Iran Press/America: Speaking at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said, "We believe that there is no way to resolve differences and differences of opinion with Iran other than rational negotiations based on mutual respect, and this applies to the issue of returning to a nuclear agreement with Iran."

He added: "I do not think there is an alternative for anyone, including those who oppose a return to the JCPOA, other than a return to the agreement."

Elsewhere, the ruling emir of Qatar, whose nation has played a pivotal role in Afghanistan in the wake of the US withdrawal, urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations against turning their backs on the country’s Taliban rulers.

He stressed: “the necessity of continuing dialogue with Taliban because boycott only leads to polarisation and reactions, whereas dialogue could bring in positive results”.

His warning was directed at the many heads of state worried about engaging with the Taliban and recognizing their takeover of Afghanistan.