Iran supports ‘Qatar’s govt and people,’ top commander says on official visit

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Iran has pledged “support to Qatar’s government and people,” the head of a visiting delegation was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

“The ground is ready for development of cooperation with Qatar and we are doing our best to have stronger relations with Doha,” Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' Navy Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri told IRNA.

The commander called for “collective cooperation among the littoral states” of the Arabian Gulf to “uphold security in the region.”

An Iranian delegation, including members of the armed forces, arrived in the Qatari capital on Tuesday to attend the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference.

Arab and Gulf states boycotting Qatar since June 2017 have repeatedly warned against Doha’s proximity to Iran, which they accuse of arming and funding militia groups and regimes in several Arab countries.

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