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AP Interview: Qatar foreign minister calls for 'serious dialogue' with Iran after nuclear deal

  • Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah listens during a press conference following a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Doha. (Brendan Smialowski/pool photo via AP)

    Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah listens during a press conference following a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Doha. (Brendan Smialowski/pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah talks to the Associated Press during an exclusive interview at the Ministry of foreign affairs, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for a "serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, even as he blasted Tehran for continuing to support Syria's embattled government. (AP Photo)

    Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah talks to the Associated Press during an exclusive interview at the Ministry of foreign affairs, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for a "serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, even as he blasted Tehran for continuing to support Syria's embattled government. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah talks to the Associated Press reporter during an exclusive interview at the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for a "serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, even as he blasted Tehran for continuing to support Syria's embattled government. (AP Photo)

    Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah talks to the Associated Press reporter during an exclusive interview at the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Doha, Qatar. Qatar's top diplomat on Tuesday called for a "serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, even as he blasted Tehran for continuing to support Syria's embattled government. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Qatar's top diplomat is calling for deeper engagement with Iran in the wake of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, saying there is a need for "serious dialogue" to solve challenges facing the region.

Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah made the comments in an interview with The Associated Press that also touched on the controversy surrounding Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup and allegations of links to unpopular Islamic militant groups.

He spoke a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council in Qatar to reassure them of America's commitment to their security in the wake of the Iran deal.

Al-Attiyah cautioned that disagreements remain, in particular over Iran's support for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.