Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in Doha, Qatar October 3, 2017. Qatar News Agency/Handout via REUTERS
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Iran's foreign minister met with Qatar's ruling emir Tuesday as a quartet of Arab states continues its boycott of the energy-rich nation, in part over relations that Doha maintains with Tehran.Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit is likely to further inflame officials in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which began their boycott nearly four months ago, on June 5 .Iranian state media Tuesday published images of Zarif in Doha meeting with Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. It marks Zarif's first trip to Qatar since the diplomatic crisis began in June.Last week, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdel-Rahman al-Thani warned that the political and economic boycott imposed on Qatar was pushing Doha closer to Tehran.
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