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Qatar's emir visits Iran amid regional tension

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is welcomed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran on 12 January 2020 [IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/Anadolu Agency]
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is welcomed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran on 12 January 2020 [IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/Anadolu Agency]

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani arrived in Tehran on Sunday, amid a rising tension between Iran and the US following the killing of an Iranian general in a drone airstrike, Anadolu Agency reports.

According to a statement by the Qatari Royal Court, Tamim will hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and senior officials on bilateral relations and regional developments.

The Qatari leader will also meet with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to discuss regional developments, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Tension soared in the region after the US killed Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in a drone airstrike outside Baghdad airport earlier this month.

Iran retaliated with firing a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops.

Last week, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani visited Tehran for talks aimed at easing tension in the region following Soleimani’s killing.

READ: How should we interpret Hamas’ attendance at the funeral of Iran’s general?

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