Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah speaks at the fourth plenary session during the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 3, 2018. / AFP / Nicholas YEO
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A senior Qatari official said Sunday his country will not be dragged into any conflict with Iran.... Whether any third party is trying to push the region or some country in the region to start a war in Iran, this will be very dangerous," he said.He did not name any party but could be referring to Iran's rival Saudi Arabia, which has also led a blockade of Qatar with its Persian Gulf allies since June last year, accusing Doha of supporting extremists and refusing to cut ties with Tehran.Responding to a question whether Qatar's air bases could be used to launch airstrikes on Iran, Attiyah said that his country was not a "fan of war" and supported engagement and dialogue.Qatar is hosting 10,000 U.S. troops stationed at sprawling al-Udeid Air Base as part of its campaign against Daesh (ISIS) and the war in Afghanistan.
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