The Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, made two separate phone calls with Armenian President Armen Sarkisyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
The Qatari Emiri Court said that the Emir of the State of Qatar discussed with Presidents Sarkisyan and Aliyev the tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Emir of the State of Qatar called for calming the situation and working to resolve the dispute between the two countries through dialogue and diplomatic means, in a manner that preserves the interests of the two countries and two peoples.
This comes while tension prevails in the Nagorno Karabakh region, and the battles in the disputed region raise fears of a large-scale war between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the southern Caucasus, where Ankara and Moscow compete. Russia and Iran offered mediation between Yerevan and Baku to settle the dispute over the disputed territory.
Under international law, the Nagorno Karabakh region is part of Azerbaijan, but the Armenians – who make up the vast majority of its population – reject Baku rule.
The region has been running its own affairs with the support of Armenia since it split from Azerbaijan during a conflict that erupted when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Despite the agreement on a cease-fire in 1994 after thousands of deaths and the displacement of many more, the two countries frequently exchange accusations of launching attacks within the region and on the borders between them.