Iran`s Ahmadinejad to visit Qatar

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to make a brief visit on Sunday to Qatar, Iran`s closest ally among the Gulf Arab states, the Iranian ambassador in Doha, Abdollah Sohrabi, said.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 18:58 PM IST

Doha: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to
make a brief visit on Sunday to Qatar, Iran`s closest ally
among the Gulf Arab states, the Iranian ambassador in Doha,
Abdollah Sohrabi, said.

Ahmadinejad will hold talks with Qatari emir, Sheikh
Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, on issues including the
Palestinian question and the devastating floods in Pakistan,
Sohrabi told reporters today.

"The visit will last for a few hours," he added.

Unlike other Gulf Arab states which have echoed Western
suspicions about Iran`s nuclear programme and its ambitions in
the region, Qatar has maintained friendly relations.

In May when the United States was pushing for a new
round of UN sanctions against Iran, Qatar backed Turkish and
Brazilian efforts to broker a deal that would avoid further
punitive measures.

PTI