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Newsline: Qatar’s top envoy visits Iran

Qatar’s top diplomat visited Iran on Thursday, Iranian state media reported, days before Qatar’s ruling emir holds talks in Washington at a crucial time for efforts by Tehran and major powers to revive a 2015 nuclear pact. The visit by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani’s comes after his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian on Monday said Tehran is ready to consider direct talks https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-says-it-rules-out-us-prisoner-release-nuclear-talks-precondition-2022-01-24 with Washington if it feels it can get a “good nuclear deal”. (https://news.yahoo.com/qatars-top-envoy-visits-iran-092806238.html) However, Iran’s state news agency IRNA said the visit was not intended to help set up direct talks with Washington.

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