Buildings are seen on a coast line in Doha, Qatar June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran.In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Qatar found its land, sea and air routes cut off by its neighbors over Doha's policies across the Mideast.Qatar pulled its ambassador in early 2016 after Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran, a move to show solidarity with the kingdom.Despite recalling its ambassador in 2016, Iran and Qatar maintained their valuable commercial ties.Since the diplomatic dispute with Arab nations began in June, Iran has sent food shipments to Qatar.The boycotting countries later issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar, including that Doha shut its diplomatic posts in Iran.
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