Qatar will not be dragged into any conflict with Iran, a senior Qatari official said on Sunday.
Defence minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah told an international security conference in Singapore that even though the two nations had “a lot of differences”, Doha would not “fuel a war” in the region. “Is it wise to call the US and Israel to go and fight Iran? Iran is next door,” he said.
“If any third party is trying to push the region or some country in the region to start a war with Iran, this will be very dangerous,” he said. His comments sparked speculation that he could have been referring to Saudi Arabia, which has led a year-long blockade against Qatar, accusing the emirate of financing terrorist groups and having close ties with Tehran.