Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani has said that Doha will never forget Tehran’s help when Qatar was besieged by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain from land, sea, and air.
“When we were under blockade, Iran opened its airspace to us and we will never forget it,” the Qatari Foreign Minister said in one of his interviews.
“Iran is our neighbor and Qatar is committed to the principle of good neighborliness. Doha makes efforts to have good relations with Tehran,” he added.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) suddenly cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar in June 2017 and blocked land, sea, and air routes to the region. Relationship cuts also included the removal of ambassadors and the enforcement of trade and travel restrictions on Doha.
During the blockade, the Islamic Republic allowed its airspace to about 100 more Qatari flights a day.
The Qatari foreign minister thanked Iran for its assistance during a speech at the Munich Security Conference in February.
“Iran is our neighbor. We share a border with Iran. We share gas reserves with Iran. This is geography. We needed flight space and business route after blockade of Qatar and they [Iranians] opened their airspace to us and we thank them for that,” he said in another interview.