On Wednesday, the Defence Minister of Qatar has ruled out the possibility of war between Iran and the United States of America, amid rising tensions in the Gulf Kingdom following attacks on oil installations.
Doha is an ally of Washington but also maintains a good relationship with Tehran that assisted it to overcome economic and political boycott by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies over charges that the small kingdom backs the Islamic republic and extremists.
During the Global Security Forum in Doha, Khalid-bin Mohammed al-Attiyah was quoted saying that “I don’t see a war in the future between the United States and Iran.”
He continued that “war will be in no one’s interest.”
Tensions escalating in the Gulf region in recent months with a number of attacks on oil facilities and oil tankers that have raised fears of war between the arch-rivals.
Two Saudi Arabia’s oil installations were attacked in September, temporarily disrupting the Kingdom’s crude output and setting oil markets alight.
The Iran-backed Huthi rival has claimed responsibility behind the attack, but the US officials have directly blamed Tehran of charges that the rebels didn’t have the range to target the facilities.
Tehran has refused involvement and has warned of “total war” in the event of an attack on its kingdom.
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been rising since President Donald Trump has pulled out America of 2015 international nuclear agreement, which meant to lift sanctions in exchange for a commitment from Tehran to curb its atomic program.
President Trump has reimposed economic sanctions in May, his-led administration has said that it would force all nations to stop purchasing oil from Iran, which is one of the main sources of wealth for Tehran.
Afterward, Tehran has shot down an unmanned US “spy” drone. At the last moment, President Trump has stepped back from introducing a strike on Iran’s assets in June, claims that it may cause too many casualties.