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