Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and his entourage held a meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran on Thursday evening.
Speaking at the meeting, the Leader stressed the necessity of increasing political and economic relations between Iran and Qatar. He stated that the way to resolve regional issues must be sought without the interference of foreign elements.
Referring to the continuation of the crimes committed by the Zionist regime against the Palestinian people, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The Arab world is expected to explicitly enter into political action against these open crimes.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also emphasized that the solidarity and stability of relations between Iran and Qatar is to the advantage of both countries and added, “The level of current economic cooperation between the two countries is very low and it should increase to several times this amount. Regarding political matters too, the ground is ready for more exchange of ideas. I hope this trip will mark a new beginning for expanding cooperation. ”
While expressing his agreement with the statements of the Emir of Qatar in condemnation of the crimes committed by the Zionist regime, the Leader described the decades-long oppression of the vicious Zionists against the Palestinian people to be a bitter reality and a blow to the world of Islam. He said, “Against such crimes, the Islamic Republic of Iran expects the Arab world to explicitly enter the arena of political action.”
Referring to the statements of the Emir of Qatar regarding the last year’s events in Sheikh Jarrah, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Regarding that matter, some Arab countries’ support for the Palestinians was even less than that of some European countries. They took no stance, and presently too, they’re continuing in the same way. ”
The Leader emphasized, “If Arab countries have adopted this position out of their fear of the Zionist regime or due to certain interests, they should know that today the Zionist regime is in a situation where there is no reason to fear it, nor can one expect to gain anything from it. ”
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the solution to regional issues is in the hands of regional countries and this solution should be sought through dialogue, Khamenei.ir reported.
The Leader went on to say, “The issues of Syria and Yemen too can be resolved through dialogue. Of course, dialogue should not take place from a position of weakness while the other side – priced the US and others – rely on their military and financial power. ”
The Leader stressed that in order to resolve issues of the region, one does not need the interference of others.
“Wherever the Zionists step in, they bring corruption and they are unable to give any power or concessions to other countries. Therefore, we the countries of the region must strengthen our relations as much as possible through cooperation and consultation, ”Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
Referring to the agreements made between Iran and Qatar, the Leader emphasized, “These agreements must be fulfilled at a specific time and date.”