TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Qatar said it has reservations about hardline statements on Iran issued at emergency summits of (Persian) Gulf and wider Arab states called by Saudi Arabia, becoming the third Arab country to reject the statements following Iraq and Syria.
Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, said statements at the summits were not adopted using traditional procedures.
“The statements condemned Iran but did not refer to a moderate policy to speak with Tehran,” he said in remarks reported by Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera television.
“They adopted Washington policy toward Iran, rather than a policy that puts neighborhood with Iran into consideration,” he added.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman convened the emergency summits on May 30 to discuss drone strikes on oil installations in Saudi Arabia. The summits also looked into attacks on four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the United Arab Emirates coast, with US investigators reportedly blaming Iran.
No evidence of Iran’s role has emerged and Tehran has called for an investigation.
Iran has condemned the attack as “dreadful” and a lawmaker said Iranian suspicions fell on Israel.