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Commenting on Qatar's recent statement that it made a decision to return its ambassador to Tehran and "strengthen ties in all fields" with the Islamic Republic, Iranian political analyst Hassan Hanizadeh explained to Sputnik Iran what this move might actually signify.

Qatar says its foreign minister spoke with Iran's foreign minister just before announcing its ambassador would return to Tehran.

In a series of tweets this week, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash criticized Qatar's decision as escalation of the Gulf dispute.

Qatar's ambassador to Tehran was recalled in January 2016 following attacks staged against Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran in protest against the execution of prominent Shi'ite leader Nimr al-Nimre by Saudi Arabia.

Qatar's official television station has counted almost 1,100 articles and 600 cartoons in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Bahrain's media, as well as 3,500 tweets by officials and journalists from those countries.

The diplomatic crisis began June 5, when Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties to Qatar over allegations including it funding extremists and being too close to Iran.

Qatar has previously accused the Saudi-led bloc of putting pressure on African states to take sides in the row.

Qatar turned down the demands as an infringement on its sovereignty and has, since the beginning of the Gulf crisis, turned to Iran and Turkey, which both expressed strong solidarity with the Emirate. She declined to comment on the normalization of Tehran-Doha ties.

The latest statistics released by the NHRC yesterday also show that the Saudi Arabia's violations of the right to property are more than that committed by the UAE (367) in terms of the number of complaints which was 633 and most of these complaints were related to the livestock of Qatari citizens in Saudi Arabia as many of these livestock were deported and some others are still in Saudi Arabia while owners were forced to leave the country within 14 days. However, Qatar adamantly let the compliance deadline pass.

In recent days, however, Saudi Arabia announced it would allow Qataris to make the annual hajj pilgrimage, which is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

But Abdullah has no role in Qatar's government and his last position was as head of the equestrian and camel racing federation decades ago. There have been suggestions that the sheikh could be the start of a Qatari government-in-exile.

Information for this article was contributed by Amir Vahdat and Matthew Lee of The Associated Press.


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