Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim, the former Prime Minister of Qatar, confirmed, in an interview with “Bloomberg” channel, that war with Iran is not in the interest of the Gulf countries, calling for a frank dialogue to reach a solution that would be “a great achievement that is not Only for peace, but also for trade and the economy.”
In response to a question about the concern of many Arab countries from Iran, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim said, “My first fear is not Iran, but we are in the region and the way we behave, I mean the leaders, I am not one of them. I think if we can control Our happiness, frustration, and anger, and we say okay, we will work. We have some differences with this or that country, but this dispute must be discussed in a civilized manner.
He added, “If we face challenges and if we agree that Iran is our first enemy, how will we deal with this matter? Will we deal with it through direct negotiations or war? No one wants war because it is not in our interest.”
He continued by saying, “The problem is that this decision is not in our hands because we are not currently in a position, as I said about the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to take the lead in our region and say, ‘Well, we have problems with Iran. The Gulf region is in harmony between Iran, Iraq and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
And Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim believed that “if we are able to do this, it will be a great achievement not only for peace, but also for trade, business and the economy.” “They (Iran) have more than 100 million people, Iraq has 40 million people and we (Gulf countries) have about 50 million people. We’re talking about 200 or 250 million people in oil-rich countries, imagine what they can do,” he said.
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