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UAE dismisses airspace violation claims from Qatar

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.
DUBAI: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash has said on his official Twitter account that Qatar’s complaints about an alleged violation of its airspace are untrue.
Qatar has filed a complaint to the UN about the alleged violation in December by an Emirati military aircraft, it was reported on Friday by state news agency QNA.
But the UAE has dismisssed the Qatari move as unjustified and an escalation.
“We are working on responding to that officially with proof and evidence,” Gargash said, as reported by Reuters. “We see this as an escalation and (it) is unjustified, and what used to happen behind the scenes is now uncovered.”
The UAE is one of four Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt that have imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar has denied the charges.
The QNA report said Qatar’s ambassador to the United Nations sent a message to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the president of the Security Council regarding the alleged violation, which Qatar claims occurred on Dec. 21 at 9:45am local time and lasted one minute.
“HE Sheikha Alia (Ahmed bin Saif Al -Than) confirmed that the UAE plane entered the airspace of the State of Qatar without prior knowledge or approval of the competent Qatari authorities,” QNA quoted the ambassador as saying.
“She considered that the incident was a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Qatar, as well as a flagrant violation of the provisions of international law, conventions, charters and international norms.”

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