Iran Foreign Minister calls Qatari Counterpart after Saudi action

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Iran Foreign Minister calls Qatari Counterpart after Saudi action

Iran’s foreign minister has spoken with his Qatari counterpart after Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations severed ties and moved to isolate the tiny Gulf emirate.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had earlier Monday called for dialogue to resolve the conflict in a Twitter posting, saying “Neighbors are permanent; geography can’t be changed. Coercion is never the solution.”

Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Qatar of supporting regional terrorist groups, including some backed by Iran, charges denied by Qatar.

Saudi Arabia views Iran as a regional rival and has long pressed Qatar to side with Gulf Arab nations against it.

Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported the call between the two foreign ministers, without providing further details.