UAE: Qatari violations against Emirati planes systematic, endangers civilians

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Qatari violations against Emirati aircrafts have become systematic behavior that puts civilian lives at risk, a statement from UAE’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. “Representatives of the UAE Armed Forces and the Civil Aviation Authority, in a meeting organized by the UAE’s foreign ministry at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi in the presence of ambassadors of the Security Council from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, reviewed the reality of the Qatari escalation of the ...

VIDEO: Radar footage shows Qatar jets intercepting UAE flights

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Bahrain has released footage showing radars that detected the Qatari jets as they intercepted two UAE civilian flights on Monday. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, said that on Monday Qatar’s military aircraft intercepted two civilian UAE planes carrying a total of 277 passengers while preparing to land in Manama International Airport. The GCAA added that both flights were in regular pre-scheduled services and they followed all standard procedures, including obtaining of ...

UAE will complain to UN body over Qatar war planes

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The United Arab Emirates will lodge a complaint against Qatar at the United Nations’ aviation agency on Tuesday after Qatari war planes allegedly intercepted UAE civilian aircraft, a UAE official said.The UAE said on Monday that Qatari air force jets had intercepted two UAE civilian aircraft on routine commercial flights to Bahrain. Qatar has denied the claims.The UAE will accuse Qatar of violating the Chicago Convention, which governs the use of airspace, in a complaint to the ...

Opposition leader Sultan bin Suhaim condemns Qatar intercepting UAE flights

Monday, 15 January 2018

The leader of Qatar’s opposition, Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Al-Thani, has condemned Doha for sending fighter jets to intercept two UAE passenger planes which were on their route to neighboring Bahrain. “Qatar first needs to intercept the Iranian and Israeli planes that are roaming its airspace instead of intercepting a civilian plane belonging to our brothers,” he said in his remarks on Monday via his Twitter account. “The Qatari government spares no effort to escalate ...

UAE: Abdullah Al-Thani was a guest and free in his movements

Sunday, 14 January 2018

An official source from the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani “is a guest of the country and is free in his movements throughout”. “An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed that Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani was a guest of the UAE at his request and was received with the duty of hospitality and care after resorting to the state as a result of the ...

Mattis urges de-escalation of Gulf tensions in call with Qatari official

Sunday, 31 December 2017

US Defense Secretary James Mattis emphasized the importance of deescalating tensions in the Gulf, a Pentagon statement said on Saturday. Speaking to his Qatari counterpart Khalid Al-Attiyah on the phone, the secretary “emphasized the importance of deescalating tensions in the Middle East so all partners in the Gulf region can focus their combined efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and deal with the threat Iran poses to the region.”  

US Congressmen call secret Qatar deal into question

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Washington Post reported that members of the Congress, in both parties, are calling agreement a US-Qatar Memorandum of Understanding that was signed six months ago, into question. The newspaper added that they are asking to release the deal that was completed in Doha on July 10 amid US FM Rex Tillerson to mediate over Qatar-terrorism ties crisis, and the State Department has never revealed its content. VIEW: Is the US Secretary of State on Qatar’s side? The newspaper added that ...

Further evidence emerges of Qatari charities supporting violent extremism

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

More details have emerged on Qatar’s ties with terrorism and the role played by its charities in spreading extremist ideology, in an article published by the American Center for Democracy on Tuesday. The article listed three examples related to Qatar Charity’s (QC) activities in the Middle East, North Africa and even North America. The report said: “QC was ranked first by the United Nations for its relief efforts in the Syrian, Palestinian, and Somali crises. Of course, there ...

Jubeir leads Saudi delegation at GCC summit in Kuwait

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is heading his country's delegation to the 38th Gulf summit in Kuwait, Kuwait Television reported on Tuesday. Kuwait’s official television showed footage of the Saudi foreign minister with the emir of Kuwait at the hall where the summit is taking place. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash is also leading the UAE’s delegation to the summit. Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Kuwait to participate ...

Qatar foreign minister joins GCC counterparts in Kuwait meeting

Monday, 4 December 2017

Qatar's foreign minister met his Gulf Arab counterparts on Monday ahead of an annual summit in Kuwait, one of the highest official encounters since some of them cut diplomatic, trade and travel links with Doha six months ago. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said a day earlier that Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani would attend the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting on Dec. 5 and 6, despite the dispute within the group. The rift revolves ...

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