Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani recently had a phone conversation to discuss the use of Tehran’s assets. Tehran was assured that the deal for Iran to access billions of dollars before October 7 would be implemented. However, there has been pressure to block Iran from accessing the frozen assets, which had been transferred to Doha in September.
The assets in question involve $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds that were transferred to Qatari banks from South Korea. These funds were released as part of a prisoner deal, but the US Congress has sought to block the funds due to Iran’s support for the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. Despite this, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani has stated that Iran will get access to the money.
Iran has claimed that the US is “duty bound” to fulfill the obligations of the deal that took place before the October attack. They argue that it is unacceptable for the US Congress to ignore the crimes against the Palestinian people and blame Iran for its support of Hamas. The top Iranian diplomat also spoke to his Qatari counterpart about this issue, as well as the close relations between the two countries, Gaza, and the region.
According to a report by Tasnim News, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar have presented a positive assessment of the growing relations between the two countries regarding Iran’s use of Qatar’s assets. They have also stated that Doha and Washington are committed to the existing agreement, and the implementation steps are underway.
Despite rumors of the US re-blocking these assets after the October 7 attack, Tehran has denied these claims and rumors. The diplomats from Iran and Qatar also discussed support for a ceasefire and “political work” during their conversation.