Tehran sent at least five planes filled with vegetables to Qatar this week (CNN). Iran also plans to send 100 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables every day to Doha. Iran has thus far cautiously stood with Qatar amid the GCC crisis, but there are indications that the Islamic Republic will provide increasingly assertive support (Al-Monitor).
The Qatar crisis is pushing Hamas back to Iran (The Atlantic).
Iran’s foreign minister accused Saudi Arabia of supporting militant groups inside the country (Reuters). Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a press conference, “We have intelligence that Saudi Arabia is actively engaged in promoting terrorist groups operating on the eastern side of Iran in Baluchestan,” in reference to the Sunni-populated Sistan and Baluchestan province which has seen increased militant activity in recent years. Zarif said the groups were using Pakistani territory to launch attacks, including the killing of nine Iranian border guards last month. The foreign minister also called for an establishment of a regional forum, comparable to the 1975 Helsinki Accords, in order to resolve the ongoing GCC Crisis.
Here's the real reason Tehran is pointing finger at Riyadh for ISIS attack (Al-Monitor).
Also, the supreme leader voiced pessimism about talks with Washington (Al-Monitor). Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged senior officials to “act vigilantly, meticulously and very cautiously wherever it is required to work with foreigners. Remarks should not be made in a way that implies trusting the enemy, as it will have a negative effect on both inside the nation as well as among the foreigners.” These comments seem to reflect Hassan Rouhani’s promise to hold talks with Washington over non-nuclear sanctions. The supreme leader added, “Many issues are not resolvable with the United States, because the United States is troubled not because of nuclear energy, human rights and the like, but because of the nature of the Islamic Revolution. They oppose the principle of independence for this country, and even if we were a nonreligious, and non-revolutionary, but independent state, there would be opposition and undermining [of Iran].” Khamenei also blamed the United States for the creation of ISIS (CNN).
An Iranian vessel shined a spotlight and laser at a Marine Corps helicopter accompanying two U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz (CBS News). The U.S. Navy called the incident “unsafe and unprofessional.” In 2016, there were 35 incidents with Iranian vessels.
A California congressman praised the Tehran attacks as “a good thing,” then suggested the U.S. should consider supporting ISIS (Think Progress).