Doha (The Times Groupe)- Qatari foreign minister told al Jazeera TV yesterday that the Iranian leadership expressed readiness to compromise regarding reviving a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
According to the semi-official news agency Tasnim, the Foreign Ministry said that remarks by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had been mistranslated either by mistake or by design.
The Qatari TV station quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani as saying that finding common ground would boost stability in the Persian Gulf region and help oil markets.
“Pumping additional quantities of Iranian oil to the market will help stabilize crude prices and reduce inflation,” the minister said.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told Tasnim: “The Supreme Leader did not make any remarks about a compromise, but told the Emir of Qatar: ‘We have always said that negotiations should be productive and not a waste of time. The Americans know what to do regarding this.”
“It is clear from the context of the Leader’s remarks that (he meant) that the ball is in the court of the United States, which must make a wise political decision to fulfill its obligations,” Khatibzadeh said.
On Friday, Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who had met Khamenei during a May visit to Iran, said he is confident that an agreement between the United States and Iran can be reached and offered his assistance.
The United States and Iran have held indirect talks over the past year to revive Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Iranian officials have repeatedly called on Washington to respect Iran’s “red lines”, which include removing the Revolutionary Guards from the U.S. terrorism blacklist.