TEHRAN – An Iranian presidential official said Monday that severing diplomatic ties and isolating Qatar will not help Saudi Arabia and its allies to overcome the region’s issues, official IRNA news agency reported, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
“The age of sanctions is over, and the cut of diplomatic relations, closure of borders, siege of countries are not solutions to crisis,” Hamid Aboutalebi, Deputy Chief of Staff of the President for Political Affairs, tweeted on Monday.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have no choice but to “adopt democracy inside their borders and to pursue dialogue in the region,” he said.
Aboutalebi’s words came as a reaction to Monday’s decisions by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar after they accused the latter of “terrorism support.”
Reports said that Yemen, Libya and Maldives have also announced severing diplomatic ties with Qatar.
Qatar has rejected the accusations calling them “unjustified” and “baseless.” – BERNAMA