Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia, Qatar had recalled its ambassador to Tehran last year. Unlike Riyadh, however, Doha had not cut all diplomatic ties with Iran.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Qatari Foreign Ministry announced that the Persian Gulf Arab country was upgrading its ties to Iran back to the ambassadorial level again.
On Thursday, and in reaction to that news, Emirati State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash questioned the reasoning behind Doha’s move.
Qatar’s “sovereign decision should not be shy or confused, but its arrogance and adolescent behavior makes it so. Its justification is not convincing,” he said in angry tweets.
“The management of the crisis caused the burning of bridges, the squandering of sovereignty and the deepening of the Qatari crisis and undermined what remained of the mediator’s chances,” he snapped.
Gargash’s country has, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt, cut its relations with Qatar and attempted to boycott the country.
Since June, the countries have also imposed a trade embargo on Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism.” Doha rejects the allegation and suggests it is being targeted because it has been following foreign policies that are more independent of Saudi Arabia.
Days after the dispute erupted, the boycotting countries have issued a list of demands from Qatar in order for the dispute to be resolved. One of those demands was that Qatar further downgrade ties with Iran. Doha rejected all of those requests and said they showed how the accusation of “terror” sponsorship had been just a pretext.
Soon after the dispute erupted among the Arab countries, Iran announced that its position was one of neutrality, making it clear that it would not be using the rift for political scores.
But, as the Saudi-led siege threatened to cause shortages of food and vital goods in Qatar, Iran started sending shipments of foodstuffs to the Arab country on humanitarian grounds, as did a number of other countries.
The Islamic Republic has also welcomed Qatar’s recent move to restore high-level diplomatic ties with Iran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s principled and permanent policy has been and will be enhancing relations with all its neighbors,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said after the Qatari announcement.