The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, expressed his optimism on the possibility of reaching an agreement between the United States and Iran on returning to the nuclear agreement, and expressed his readiness to help reach that.
Talks aimed at reviving the Iranian nuclear deal with world powers have been suspended since March, mainly due to Tehran’s insistence on removing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard from the US list of terrorist organizations.
The Emir of Qatar said in a joint press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, “We hope that there will be an agreement between the parties to the nuclear agreement, and Qatar is ready to participate in resolving this dispute. We discussed the importance of the Iranian agreement with European countries and the United States, and we are optimistic about this.”
Germany, Britain, China, France and Russia are also parties to the nuclear deal, which the United States withdrew from under former US President Donald Trump.
Separately, the Emir of Qatar confirmed that his country intends to start supplying liquefied natural gas to Germany in 2024. This was confirmed by news reported by the German newspaper “Handelsblatt”.
Germany plans to build liquefied natural gas platforms, and the pace of implementation of those plans has accelerated as it seeks to dispense with cheaper gas imports from Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
For his part, German Chancellor Schulz said that Qatar will play a pivotal role in Germany’s strategy to diversify away from Russian gas.
He added that “the issue of energy security plays an important role for us. Germany will develop its infrastructure to allow it to import liquefied gas by ship,” stressing that “it is a big step” as “Qatar plays an important role in our strategy.”
When asked about homosexuals attending the World Cup, the Emir of Qatar said that Doha hopes to welcome the world to participate in the FIFA World Cup, but also “we expect and want people to respect our culture.”
The Gulf state will host the first World Cup in the Middle East for a month, starting in late November.
FIFA said last week that hotels on the official list of recommended accommodation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were required to welcome guests in a “non-discriminatory manner” or face termination of contracts.