BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia, Fahd bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah told the Interfax News Agency on Sunday that Iran is entitled to defend its interests in Syria but must not sow the seeds of sectarian strife.

“Iran just like any other country has legitimate interests,” Al-Attiyah said, claiming that “we don’t mind these legitimate interests to be protected.”

“But what we mind is when they cross the line of legitimacy and when Iran starts, just like any other country, to entrench itself in a way that does not serve the Syrian interests, the Syrian people, when sectarianism becomes a policy in order to divide and control, and that is what we do not accept,” Al-Attiyah said.

“We urge Iran and others to reconsider their positions and really try to look at Syria, to look at what is good for Syria and the Syrians, first and foremost,” he said.

At the same time, Qatar is “happy to support Russia, Iran, and others, Turkey, if they are genuine and sure about this and come to support Syria from that principle,” the ambassador said.

Qatar currently has no diplomatic ties with Syria and has remained one of the biggest backers of the Syrian opposition groups fighting the government.

While both Qatar and Iran do not see eye-to-eye on Syria, they have remained important allies in the Persian Gulf region.

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Iran Tells U.S.: “We Were Invited to Iraq and Syria, What About You?” What about Qatar; Well you gotta start doing it right sometime Qatar, its a start. Iran has not initiated a war in over 600 years, they are the last nation I would imagine engaging in Sectarian conflict.

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I’m Persian from Iran and believe me what you read about Iran in the International Media I can assure you is: 1/ At least 50% not true (clear lies), or 2/ True but they don’t tell the whole true (they hide some very important facts), or 3/ 100% is lie (like last time some of the protests were filmed in Germany and showed as happening in Iran). As every Government ours is not the perfect one. There are many things that must be either polished or changed all together. But we really feel the Government is trying to improve. All… Read more »

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“…when sectarianism becomes a policy in order to divide and control…”. – What’s funny is Qatar is describing here the US foreign policy…

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Cindy Myer

Dam straight Iran has the right. So but out Israel and USA.

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Nestor Arapa

Esta Monarquía cambió de opinión.

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Guido Travaglini

Qatar, Iran, and Turkey are good friends in funding int’l terror.

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It’s obvious.