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Iran: Rouhani welcomes developing relations with Qatar

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has stressed his country's willingness to strengthen relations with Qatar, and called regional tensions with Tehran "detrimental".

In a phone call on Wednesday between Rouhani and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the two leaders exchanged Eid al-Fitr greetings.

"The points of view of Tehran and Doha are very close in many regional issues and the frequent contact between the two countries are very productive," the website of the Iranian presidency quoted Sheikh Tamim as saying.

The emir also emphasized that Qatar is eager to developing relations with Iran in all fields and that negotiation is the only way to ease current tensions in the region.

Last month, attacks on oil assets, including on two Saudi oil tankers of the coast of the United Arab Emirates, spurred Saudi Arabia to call for three emergency summits in Mecca.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, Saudi King Salman blasted Iran for what he called its "naked aggression" against the region's "stability and international security".

Iran hit back, saying the accusations were baseless, and that Saudi Arabia had joined the United States and Israel in a "hopeless" effort to mobilise regional opinion against it.

Source: National News Agency

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