Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - Reuters
CAIRO – 20 July 2017: In a new Iranian step to penetrate Qatari market, trade delegation from Iran discussed with Qatari businessmen on Wednesday ways of enhancing bilateral trade cooperation, according to Fars News Agency.
A bilateral meeting was held between a number of Qatari businessmen and members of Iranian trade delegation, currently visiting Doha.
Qatar Chamber Vice Chairman Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Towar Al Kuwari said that Qatari businessmen were keen to explore Iranian products and to have joint cooperation with the Iranian companies operating in the food sector.
This meeting confirms Iran’s Cooperation with Qatar and its exploiting to the crisis between Arab countries and Qatar.
Qatar continued in its policy of ignoring Arab demands carelessly especially their demand of downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran.
Earlier, Iran sent dozens trucks of food to Qatar in a clear challenge to Arab’s stance against Qatar.
Qatar’s relations with several Arab and Gulf states have been strained since May 24, when the Qatari state-run news agency reported Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s statements regarding Gulf foreign policy with Iran, describing it as “unwise.”
On June 5, 2017, several countries, including Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, severed diplomatic ties with Doha over accusations of Qatar backing and funding terrorist groups.
On June 23, 2017, the four Arab states boycotting Qatar sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and cutting off any joint military cooperation with it.