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Qatari foreign minister urges de-escalation in U.S.-Iran row

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Qatari foreign minister urges de-escalation in U.S.-Iran row
FILE PHOTO: Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, speaks during a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Doha, Qatar February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon   -   Copyright  NASEEM ZEITOON(Reuters)
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LONDON (Reuters) – Qatar has been talking to both Iran and the United States about de-escalation, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters in London on Sunday, urging both sides to meet and find a compromise.

“We believe that at one point there should an engagement – it cannot last forever like this,” he said. “Since they are not willing to engage in further escalation, they should come up with ideas that open the doors.”

Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States in recent weeks after Washington reimposed economic sanctions on Iran after pulling out of a big-power nuclear deal, and sending forces to the Middle East in a show of force to counter what U.S. officials called Iranian threats to U.S. troops and interests.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by William James; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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