“The Iranians and the Americans know that Qatar rejects any military action against Iran,” he said in an interview with the Doha-based Al-Jazeera, excerpts of which were broadcast Wednesday.
Sheikh Hamad, who also holds the foreign affairs portfolio, said the energy-rich nation will not allow the use of its territory for attacks on the Islamic republic.
Israel has brandished the threat of possible military action against Iran’s nuclear sites, while the United States has put its energies into sanctions and diplomacy but has not ruled out the military option.
The United States and its Western allies believe Iran is working towards a nuclear weapons capability. Tehran denies that, saying its atomic program is exclusively peaceful.
Despite lingering tensions between Shiite Iran and the Sunni nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council − Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates − Doha has kept close ties with Tehran.
Qatar has also acted several times as mediator between Iran and regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. Central Command oversees operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.