Qatar will not 'fuel a war' with Iran: Deputy PM

 03 Jun 2018 - 17:45

Qatar will not 'fuel a war' with Iran: Deputy PM

Al Jazeera / AFP

A senior Qatari official has told an international security conference in Singapore that his country will not be dragged into any conflict with Iran.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said that Qatar has "a lot of differences" with Iran but it does not mean "we go and fuel a war" in the region.

"Is it wise to call the United States and to call Israel to go and fight Iran? ... Whether any third party is trying to push the region or some country in the region to start a war in Iran, this will be very dangerous," he said.

He did not name any party.

"Iran is next door. We should call Iran, put all the files on the table and start to discuss to bring peace rather than war," he said in a speech.

The minister also called for the restoration of a 2015 agreement between world powers and Iran that lifted sanctions from Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

Responding to a question on whether Qatar's airbases could be used to launch attacks on Iran, al-Attiyah said that his country was not a "fan of war" and supported engagement and dialogue.

Qatar is hosting 10,000 US troops stationed at sprawling Al Udeid Air Base as part of its campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and the war in Afghanistan.

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