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2022-May-12  19:52

Qatari Emir Visits Iran for Enhanced Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani arrived in Tehran on Thursday in a visit aimed at further broadening the two nations' relations and cooperation in different fields.

Sheikh Tamim was welcomed by Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber upon his arrival in Tehran.

Heading a high-ranking political-economic delegation, the Qatari Emir is scheduled to hold talks with Iranian authorities, including President Seyed Ebrahim Raeyeesi.

The visit follows a trip by President Rayeesi to Doha in February, where he met senior Qatari officials and attended the sixth summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).

Rayeesi's visit was the first to Qatar by an Iranian president in 11 years. During the trip, Tehran and Doha signed 14 memoranda of understanding in the fields of aviation, trade, shipping, media, cancellation of visa requirements, electricity, standards, education and culture.

Qatar has good ties with Iran, with which it shares a giant gas field.

Tehran stood by Doha after Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies imposed a boycott on Qatar in mid-2017.

Recently, Iran has voiced its preparedness to provide Qatar with whatever assistance it needs to better and more magnificently host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from November 21 to December 18 this year in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

One option under discussion is the use of Iranian hotels on Kish Island, a thirty-five-minute flight from Doha to make up for Qatar’s limited hotel capacity.