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Qatari FM visits Baghdad to influence new gov't, support Iran

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Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani is considering saving Tehran and receiving its financial transfers to Doha banks.

The visit of Qatar's foreign minister to Iraq now is a mean game to influence the remaining ministries in Baghdad, observers have said.

Observers rejected the sudden and suspicious visit to Baghdad carried out by FM Al-Thani, saying it did not just aim to enhance Iraqi-Qatari relations but was on orders from Tehran to urge Iraq to receive financial transfers on behalf of Iran through Doha banks following the imposition of US sanctions.

Moreover, Al-Thani's meetings in Iraq aimed at pressuring the government of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to appoint people loyal to Qatar and Iran in the remaining ministries.

Qatar's policy towards Iraq does not address bilateral relations and the interests of the two nations' peoples, but it rather engages in finding solutions to help its ally Tehran circumvent the US sanctions, leaks said, according to a Sky News report.

In an unannounced visit, Qatar's foreign minister arrived in Baghdad to hold discussions with Iraqi officials, including Abdul-Mahdi, President Barham Salih and Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi. They discussed means of using Qatari banks as an alternative to save Tehran after Baghdad announced its commitment to US banking sanctions on the Iranian regime, the report added.



Circumventing sanctions

In October, before the US sanctions came into effect, Iran had started shipping crude oil despite the sanctions, a CBC News report said.

The report suggested that the normally staid world of international trade had been beset by a flotilla of ghost ships in recent weeks, and they were weighed down by several million barrels of trouble for US foreign policy.

Iran is one of the world's biggest oil suppliers, and according to official records, the country shipped about 1.8 million barrels of oil per day in September, which is lower compared to August.

However, improved satellite tracking and big-data technology is believed to limit Iranian attempts to smuggle crude oil in ships.

Tricks previously used by Iranian ships to avoid being detected, including switching off their radio signals, will not work under the improved US system, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The Qatari move to save Tehran comes after statements by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that his country would renounce sanctions.

The United States has vowed to keep pressure on the Iranian regime "unabated" until it changes its "destabilizing" behavior in the Middle East, while warning any country of engaging in suspicious activities to help Tehran overcome sanctions.


Barham Salih

During his meeting with Al-Thani, Barham Salih stressed "the importance of consolidating and developing brotherly relations and cooperation with the Qatar in a manner serving the interests of their peoples."

The situation in the region was discussed, including the need to reduce tension and create a common regional system based on economic cooperation and integration among the countries of the region.



Qatar agenda

The Qatari foreign minister stressed the desire of his country to strengthen its relations with Iraq in all fields, adding that his country is determined to continue communication and mutual cooperation with Iraq, affirming his country's willingness to provide the required support to Iraq in various political and economic fields.

 

However, observers have noted that Al-Thani's visit was actually intended to influence Iraq's new government and establish support for Iran's regime under the difficulties of the US sanctions.

Last Modified: Friday، 09 November 2018 12:35 AM
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