Khaled al-Attiyah, the defense minister of Qatar, has stated that his country will not be pulled into any conflict whatsoever with Iran. He went on to defend the nuclear deal of Iran at an international conference on security in Singapore. He called for rescuing the deal and adhering to its standards.
These statements from the Qatari defense minister came after he had been asked about the potential of a war breaking out between Iran and the United States. It is important to note that the US maintains a large air base within Qatar’s territory.
Qatar has started to defend Iran in international forums even though it has cut off rapprochement with it. This is a new position that Qatar has moved to in which it is rejecting all military targeting against Tehran.
During his speech at the conference, Khaled al-Attiyah stressed that Qatar is not going to be drawn into conflict with Iran. Moreover, Qatar preferred that national bases were not used for launching air raids on Tehran.
Qatar is home to the Al Udeid Air Base, the biggest United States military base in its region. The base hosts numerous US personnel as well as a forward command center.
However, Khaled al-Attiyah conveniently ignored how Iran interfered in affairs of various Arab countries. He also failed to take into account Iran’s role in the destabilization of the region. Instead, he kept the focus of his speech at the conference as a neighboring country that needs to seek dialogue and encouragement. Afterwards, he went on to defend the Iran nuclear agreement.