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Qatar’s emir to visit Iran, European nations next week

WorldQatar's emir to visit Iran, European nations next week

Dubai (The Times Groupe)- The emir of Qatar is scheduled to travel to Iran, Germany, Britain, and other European countries beginning this week on a trip expected to cover efforts to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and energy security in Europe, a source said on Sunday.

According to a source, who asked to remain anonymous since the trip has not yet been officially announced, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will first visit Iran, followed by an “extensive visit” to Europe and the UK. It is unclear when the trip will take place.

The source said discussions will center on “bridging the gap” on nuclear talks, which have been on hold since March, as well as liquefied natural gas and energy security in Europe.

Iran’s state media reported on Sunday that Qatar’s emir would visit Iran to strengthen ties, but didn’t provide an exact date or any further information.

Due to rising gas prices and supply concerns in the aftermath of the Ukraine conflict, Germany and other European countries have sought to strengthen their energy relations with Qatar.

Qatar’s energy minister has stated that no single country is capable of replacing Russian gas supplies to Europe with liquefied natural gas in the event of a disruption.

According to the source, the emir’s trip also aims to “find a new middle ground” between the parties to the Iran nuclear deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)”.

Iran’s insistence that Washington remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country’s elite security force, from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations has stalled indirect U.S.-Iran talks.

The deal allowed Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear programme. The United States withdrew from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions. Tehran responded by gradually violating the deal’s nuclear curbs.

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