Jan 12, 2020 20:11 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jul 31, 2020 21:40 Asia/Tehran]

Tehran (IP) - The region's turbulent situation is due to the corruptive presence of the US and its cohorts, the Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei told Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Tehran on Sunday.

Iran Press/Iran News: The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei received Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al- Thani and his entourage on Sunday.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said ‘corrupt actions’ taken by the United States and its allies are the main cause of the current situation in the region, urging regional countries to boost cooperation to undo such actions.

"The current situation in the region demands—more than ever before—the strengthening of relations between countries in the region as well as avoiding the influence of foreigners’ inductions. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei told and added: "Iran has recurrently announced it’s ready to establish closer ties with countries in the region." "Iran and Qatar's economic-political ties should be expanded."

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei added: "Of course, some, especially those in the region from the other side of the world, don't favour closer ties between regional countries. But, this isn’t their business and regional countries won't accept domination and intrusion."

The leader pointed to good political ties between Iran and Qatar, saying, "The two countries' economic relations are not on the same level as political relations and Iran-Qatar cooperation should further improve in common fields."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly announced and Mr President has also explicitly stated that Iran is ready for closer cooperation with regional countries," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

The Leader stated, "Of course, some parties who have come to this region from across the world are not interested in the expansion of cooperation among regional countries, but this issue has nothing to do with them and regional countries and nations do not accept such bullying and interference anymore."

During the meeting, which was also attended by the Iranian president, the Qatari Emir pointed to the difficult situation in the region and said he completely agrees with Ayatollah Khamenei's remarks about the necessity for enhanced regional cooperation.

Referring to his talks with President Rouhani, he noted that the two sides agreed that Iran-Qatar Joint Commission session must be held within three months and expressed hope the two countries would increase the level of economic ties to the same level of political relations.

The Qatari Emir concluded his remarks by hailing Iran's support for his country, particularly at the time of Saudi-led sanctions against Doha.


Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited Tehran on Sunday and held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.


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