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Qatar calls for expansion of defense ties with Iran

Tehran Times Political Desk

Qatari crown prince: We are confident that Iran's nuclear activity is solely peaceful

TEHRAN - The Qatari crown prince in a meeting with Iranian defense minister in Doha on Tuesday called for an expansion of defense ties with Iran.

Iran's Defense Minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, accompanied by a high ranking defense delegation, conferred with Qatar's Crown Prince and Deputy Commander in Chief, Tameem Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Pointing to Iran's role in regional developments, Al-Thani said that "we consider Iran a big, Islamic, brotherly and dear country."

The crown prince pointed out that every country has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding, "We are confident that Iran's nuclear activity is solely peaceful."

The Qatari deputy commander also stressed the need to increase defense and security cooperation with Iran, saying that Iran's defensive power is very "effective" in promoting regional security.

Najjar said Iran's priority is to strengthen relations with the neighboring countries particularly the Arab countries sitting on the southern coast of Persian Gulf.

"Given the traditional and very good relations between the two countries, Qatar has a special place" in Iran's foreign policy, the minister noted.

He said "collective cooperation" along with expanded ties would best guarantee regional security, stability, and economic prosperity.

Najjar officially invited the Qatari crown prince to Tehran and voiced Iran's readiness to expand ties with Doha in all areas including security and defense areas.

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