Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani who is hailed as a hero in Iran was killed by a US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport on Friday. We have rounded up some news to give an insight into this regional crisis as well as Qatar's efforts to defuse the tensions!
The White House said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump is closely following developments in Iraq with his national security team, after the airstrike against Ain Assad air base that houses U.S. Forces. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the White House is aware of reports of the strike. "The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team," she said.
H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani held a telephone conversation with H.E. President Donald Trump of the friendly United States of America yesterday. During the phone call, they discussed developments of events in the region, especially the latest developments in Iraq, and ways to resolve contentious issues and reduce tension to ensure security and stability, according to Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The conversation also dealt with the strategic relations between the two friendly countries and ways of developing and boosting them.
HE Director of the Policy and Planning Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Khalid Fahad Al Khater underlined that the State of Qatar believes that the collective security in the Gulf must adhere to the principles of non-aggression and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and the inviolability of international borders.
Addressing Tehran Dialogue Forum on Wednesday, HE Al Khater said that this is a sad time and immense challenge for Iran and other states in the Gulf including Iraq, it is a defining moment, stressing that "decisions in this critical period will have consequences that will impact all of us in the region and beyond."
"As we look back to the security history of our region and the major events that have had great impact, with permanent consequences, we can see a pattern of instability created by events approximately every decade," HE said.
He stressed that there is no need for the region to go through yet another cycle of war that will that have consequences which will impact the region for many years, and that there is no need to add another source of conflict, war and instability at a great human cost to the people of the region.
Al Sharq newspaper underlined in its editorial that H.H. the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani made a phone call on Tuesday evening with US President Donald Trump, which confirms the State of Qatars commitment to ensure security and stability, in the framework of its tireless efforts to prevent any escalation and tension against the backdrop of developments in the region, especially in Iraq.
The newspaper pointed out that Qatar is striving to defuse the crisis between Iran and the US, in addition to its support for permanent stability in the region by preventing any tensions or conflicts, which confirms its vital and important role in stabilizing security, creating progress and supporting development in every place of the world, especially the conflict-stricken Middle East.
Al Sharq noted that these efforts reflect Qatar's policies that continuously seek to bring about the necessary security and stability by sparing the region of conflicts and wars. Qatar is making good strides to ease the regional and international crisis through initiatives and mediations that magnify the preventive diplomacy pursued by Doha, which all countries of the world must establish, as no conflict can be resolved except through multiple diplomatic efforts, the paper stressed.
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