Qatar in talks with Iran to rent land to pasture livestock
Tehran, Iran, July 10
By A. Shirazi - Trend:
Qatari-owned camels and sheep are expected to graze on rented land in the Iranian southern province of Fars soon as the Arab country has little land to pasture its livestock after Saudi Arabia broke off relations with Doha, a report said.
According to a report by the Shargh newspaper on July 10, Qatar is in talks with Iranian officials in the city of Shiraz to rent land and pasture its camels after Saudi Arabia broke off relations with Qatar.
At least 12,000 Qatari-owned camels and sheep have been ordered out of Saudi Arabia as both sides in the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis refuse to back down.
A 4,500-mile-square peninsula in the Persian Gulf, Qatar has little land to pasture its camels, which are a backbone of traditional culture and recreation there. In the past, many Qatari families have simply pastured their camels in Saudi Arabia, traveling back and forth across the border.
Yadollah Rahmani, deputy governor of Fars Province for economic affairs and resource development, confirmed the report, saying that Iran and Qatar planned to implement joint breeding livestock project.
However, Tarahom Behzed, an official with Fars Province’s governorate, rejected the report, saying no investment will be made by Qatar in the province.
Last June, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain imposed an embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism. The four states cut diplomatic and transport ties.
Qatar, which had many of its imports trans-shipped from the UAE and received the bulk of its fresh food across the Saudi border, denied the accusations against it.