The Iran-Qatar-Turkey relationship is growing - analysis


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The Iran-Qatar-Turkey relationship is growing - analysis
Turkey-Qatar axis is a key to the region because both countries back the Muslim Brotherhood, including groups like Hamas, which Iran also backs.
Published: JULY 7, 2022

Iran hosted Qatar’s foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani this week. He met with his Tehran counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as well as with Ali Shamkhani, a key Iranian official. This is important because Doha is trying to push a renewed Iran deal as part of a way for Qatar to become a broker between Iran and the US so that Qatar can use this leverage to enhance its role in the region.

This is not a small development. Qatar and Turkey are close allies. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be visiting Iran on July 19, the Turkish Presidency said Tuesday. The visit will take place after US president Joe Biden is scheduled to come to Israel and Saudi Arabia. This means Ankara will be working with Tehran, as Washington is working with Jerusalem and the Saudis. This is both symbolic and important.

Connect the dots here. Amir-Abdollahian recently visited Turkey, which condemned US sanctions on Iran. "We have been against one-sided sanctions on Iran and do not approve those sanctions," Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Çavusoglu said at a joint press conference with him.

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