Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has urged fellow Arab nations of the Persian Gulf region to respect the sovereignty and dignity of his country in any solution proposed to overcome a current dispute with Doha.
The Qatari emir said the Saudi-led bloc of countries that have brought his country under a full-scale embargo is not interested in finding a solution to the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis, stressing that Doha is open to “dialog based on mutual respect.”
Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah has warned that his country will not attend an upcoming Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) if Qatar doesn't alter its stance on regional issues.
Russia and Qatar have signed an intergovernmental agreement on military and technical cooperation, as Persian Gulf Arab states are turning to Moscow as a new arms supplier amid escalation of regional tensions.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he has embarked on a diplomatic shuttle to help mend fences between neighboring Persian Gulf states Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but that Riyadh has been unresponsive to his mediation bid.
Market figures show that South Korea’s imports of crude oil from Iran hit the highest level in six months in September in a fresh sign that the Islamic Republic is pushing ahead with plans to regain the market share it lost as a result of multiple-year sanctions.