Qatar discusses with UK, Iran ways to reduce tensions in region

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-10 03:12:29|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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DOHA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held a phone talk with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday to discuss ways to ensure security and stability in the region, the royal court said.

The two leaders reviewed the developments in the region after the recent escalation of tensions between Iran and the U.S., it said in a statement.

The two sides also discussed the bilateral relations and means to boost them, it added, without revealing further details.

Meanwhile, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani made a phone call to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss ways to reduce the rising tensions and save the region from further escalation, the Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement.

Tensions have mounted between the U.S. and Iran after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, in a U.S. drone attack on Friday in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

Iran retaliated by firing over a dozen of missiles at two Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops on Wednesday.