UAE accuses Qatar of 'burning bridges' by strengthening Iran ties

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"Qatar announced that its ambassador to Tehran will return to resume his diplomatic duties", Reuters quotes the Qatari foreign ministry's information office as saying in a statement in Arabic on its website.

"The aim is to disregard the current demands of Arab nations and let's see if some of them could be wooed to join our camp", one of the members of the ideology formation committee told The Dependent.

Iran is ready to make the necessary political efforts in line with expanding interaction with regional countries and helping solve problems, he added. The decision to return the ambassador, announced early Thursday, comes amid a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations. "Basically the ideology has to be brutal, deadly and absolutely inflexible, except that it can be moulded should the regional interests evolve".

Meanwhile, Chad said it is closing Qatar's embassy and giving its diplomats 10 days to leave the country, accusing the Gulf Arab state of trying to destabilize the central African nation via its northern neighbor Libya. Qatar pulled its ambassador in early 2016 after Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran, a move to show solidarity with the kingdom.

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Qatar is headed, like Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states, by a Sunni dynasty, while Iran is a predominantly Shiite country.

Iran and Saudi Arabia will soon exchange diplomatic visits, Tehran said, in a possible sign of tensions easing after the archrivals cut ties previous year.

The bloc has made several conditions for lifting its land, air and sea blockade against Qatar, notably asking Doha to end support for groups such as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as terrorist, and restrict ties with Tehran. Attempts by Kuwait, the US and others have failed to make headway. Qatar and Iran share a massive offshore natural gas field, called the South Pars Field by Tehran and the North Field by Doha.

"The management of the crisis caused the burning of bridges, the squandering of sovereignty and the deepening of the Qatari crisis and undermined what remained of the mediator's chances", he snapped. "The wisdom that we hoped for was completely absent". She declined to comment on the normalization of Tehran-Doha ties.

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