Qatar's is officially returning its ambassador to Iran

Commenting on Qatar's recent statement that it chose to return its ambassador to Tehran and "strengthen ties in all fields" with the Islamic Republic, Iranian political analyst Hassan Hanizadeh explained to Sputnik Iran what this move might actually signify.

In a statement on their website, the country's Ministry of Foreign affairs said: "Qatar announced that its ambassador to Tehran will return to resume his diplomatic duties".

"Iran believes the only path toward protecting regional security and stability, and preparing the ground for economic development of the region is that regional states normalize and expand ties with one another and outside powers refrain from interfering in the Middle East affairs", he said.

ISNA reported that Ambassador Ali Hamad Alsulaiti arrived in Tehran on Friday and began working Saturday morning.

Qatar's official television station has counted almost 1,100 articles and 600 cartoons in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Bahrain's media, as well as 3,500 tweets by officials and journalists from those countries.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain and Maldives severed ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

In Washington, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Thursday that the USA remains "very deeply concerned with the status of the dispute" between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc.

Qatar turned down the demands as an infringement on its sovereignty and has, since the beginning of the Gulf crisis, turned to Iran and Turkey, which both expressed strong solidarity with the Emirate. The decision to return the ambassador comes amid a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations. She declined to comment on the normalization of Tehran-Doha ties. Qatar long has denied funding extremists. However, Qatar refused to comply with the demands.

This week, Chad closed its Qatar embassy and gave diplomats 10 days to leave the country. Saudi state media said that came in part because of an intercession by Qatari royal family member Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, who met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and later a vacationing King Salman in Morocco.

Mediation attempts led by countries such as Kuwait and the U.S. have so far failed to make headway toward settling the crisis.

But Sheikh Abdullah has no role in Qatar's government and his last position was as head of the equestrian and camel racing federation decades ago.

"Given that a formal escalation in terms of sanctions is probably off the table for now, we're seeing this informal pressure on try and perhaps stir the pot", the professor said.

  • Anthony Vega