Qatar Foreign Minister Visits Iran after Death of General Soliemani

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif held talks in Tehran on Saturday with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, according to the official IRNA news agency.

The top Qatari diplomat arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday, one day after the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. drone airstrike in Iraq.

IRNA said Zarif and Abdulrahman held two rounds of talks, without giving any further details.

Speaking during the meeting, Zarif held the U.S. administration responsible for the consequences of Soleimani’s killing.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not seek tensions in the region, but the presence and interference of the foreign and extra-regional forces have caused instability, insecurity and escalation of tensions in our delicate region,” he said.

The Qatari minister, for his part, described the situation as “delicate and worrying”, calling for easing tension and restoring calm to the region.

During his visit, the Qatari minister is expected to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.