Iran-Qatar Joint Economic Committee Meeting
After a 13-year hiatus, the 6th Iran-Qatar Joint Economic Commission will be meeting again on 13 and 14 May 2018 in Doha. A 70-strong delegation of Iranian businessmen and experts from the private and state sectors headed by the Deputy of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade for international affairs, Mohammd-Reza Fayaz, entered the Qatari capital on Sunday morning.
Iranian folk costumes displayed in Qatar
Folk costumes from Iran, Turkey, Syria, and Morocco have been put on display in Katara cultural village in Doha, Qatar, for the very first time. Iran is showcasing nine of its traditional costumes for women from the regions of Bakhtiari, Luri, Azeri, Khorasani, etc.
Iran seeking alternative trade hub to Dubai
Following new tensions between Iran and the UAE, Tehran is seeking to downgrade Dubai as its regional trading hub and replace it with Qatar and Oman. The Financial Tribune writes that Iran’s recent decision has been taken following new pressures and restrictions by UAE and Dubai officials imposed on Iranian businessmen by ratifying new VAT laws, restricting visas, and limiting banking facilities.
Zangeneh: Iran to take legal steps against Pakistan
Iran’s Minister of Petroleum has stated that the expansion of gas fields is continuing in cooperation with domestic and foreign companies, and added: “We are unable to speak about the agreements which will be concluded soon, because we are worried about obstructions.”
Qatar invites US for serious dialogue with Iran
Qatar’s Defense Minister who is presently in the US has invited its officials to conduct serious talks with Iran.
2022 World Cup in Iran
On 16 January 2018, The Economist writes: FOOTBALL’S World Cup in 2022, to be hosted by Qatar, was always billed as a regional event. Other countries in the Gulf offered hotel rooms and training facilities. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it would even host matches. But last June the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar, angry about its support for Islamists and its ties to their nemesis, Iran.
Bandar Abbas-Doha flights to start 17 January
The Chief of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Hormozgan Province has announced the start of flights between Bandar Abbas and Doha, and said: “Flights in this route will begin operation from 17 January 2018 once a week on Wednesdays, with a 100-seat carrier.
Qatar delegation wants investment in Kish
A joint meeting of the Qatari delegation with Kish Island managers in Iran has taken place to discuss tourism and investment.
Reinstating flights between Kish and Doha, and the possibility of Qatar Airways offering services and equipment to Iranian flights were also discussed.
Brokerage between Iran-Qatar banks begins
Seven months after the start of crisis between Qatar and the Persian Gulf Arab states, a number of Iranian private banks have recently established ties with the Qatar National Bank (QNB) and opened accounts to serve Iranian and Qatari businesses.
Qatar proposes fivefold trade growth
The Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade of Iran has announced a proposal by Qatar of a USD 5BN ceiling for trade between the two countries, and said: “Currently, this amounts to less than USD 1BN.”
Qatar restores full diplomatic relations with Iran
Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, ignoring the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with Doha that it break its ties with Tehran.
ia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran, a move to show solidarity with the kingdom.
“The state of Qatar expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields,” a short Foreign Ministry statement said.
Despite recalling its ambassador in 2016, Iran and Qatar maintained their valuable commercial ties. Qatar and Iran share a massive offshore natural gas field, called the South Pars Field by Tehran and the North Field by Doha.
That gas field’s vast reserves made Qataris have the highest per capita income in the world, as well as funded the nation’s Al-Jazeera satellite news network and secured hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The statement also noted that Doha wishes to bolster ties in all fields with Iran, and that Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani discussed "bilateral relations and means of boosting and developing them" in a telephone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Earlier in the day, Zarif expressed Iran’s concern about the standoff between Qatar and the Saudi-led block.
“Despite our disagreement with both sides, we have asked them to resolve their disputes through dialogue and negotiations,” Zarif said, underlining the need for “good relations” between the countries of the region.
Qatar eases business trips for Iranians
The Qatari government has facilitated business trips for Iranians by issuing six-month visas for merchants and businesspeople from the Islamic Republic, Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture’s news portal reported on Saturday.