Iran: Our Ties with Qatar Moving on the Right Course

Doha, Qatar. (Reuters)
Doha, Qatar. (Reuters)
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Iran: Our Ties with Qatar Moving on the Right Course

Doha, Qatar. (Reuters)
Doha, Qatar. (Reuters)

Iran’s Minister of Industries and Mines ‎Mohammad Shariatmadari stressed on Monday that his country’s ties with Qatar are “moving on the right course.”

Economic ties between them are progressing on the right path, he said upon his arrival in Doha, reported the Fars news agency.

Efforts should be exerted to continue along this course, he added.

The minister hoped that the joint Iranian-Qatari economic committee would be able to implement the agreements signed between the two countries.

The committee had on Sunday kicked off the its sixth meeting after a 13-year pause.

A delegation of some 70 Iranian experts and businessmen from private and government sectors had arrived in Doha early on Monday to attend the proceedings of the committee meetings.

Iranian and Qatari experts held later on Monday a series of meetings related to customs, oil, mines, petrochemicals and banking affairs. They are set to sign a number of agreements.

Iranian-Qatari ties witnessed a marked improvement in 2017 in wake of the diplomatic and economic boycott imposed by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt over Doha’s support for terrorism.

Trade exchange between Doha and Tehran reached 250 million dollars in 2017.



Netanyahu Receives Warning from Panel Probing Submarine Purchase 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
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Netanyahu Receives Warning from Panel Probing Submarine Purchase 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a state memorial ceremony at Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2024. (AFP)

An Israeli commission investigating suspected wrongdoing in government purchases of submarines and missile boats from Germany issued a warning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

The panel notified Netanyahu that based on evidence gathered thus far, it could ultimately determine that he had used his position as prime minister between 2009 and 2016 to greenlight the purchases without due process.

"By doing so, he (Netanyahu) endangered the security of the state and harmed the state of Israel's foreign relations and economic interests," said the panel in its written decision, made public on Monday.

Netanyahu in response said that the submarines were central to Israel's security "in ensuring its existence against Iran, which is trying to destroy us".

"History will prove that Prime Minister Netanyahu was right on this issue as well and made the right decisions for the security of Israel," the statement from his office said.

The commission, established under the previous government in 2022, said that it will soon publish unclassified parts of the evidence collected during the probe into the deal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Netanyahu has struggled to salvage his security credentials since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas-led fighters, who killed 1,200 people and took more than 250 hostages to Gaza according to Israeli tallies, the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust.

In the Israeli assault on Gaza that followed, more than 37,000 people have been killed according to Gaza health authorities.