UAE dismisses airspace violation claims from Qatar

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.
Updated 12 January 2018
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UAE dismisses airspace violation claims from Qatar

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.”


Oman marks its 48th National Day

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Oman marks its 48th National Day

  • 48 years ago, in his first historic speech in 1970, Sultan Qaboos promised to establish a modern state
  • Oman and Saudi Arabia enjoy historic, brotherly relations on various issues

JEDDAH: The Sultanate of Oman has celebrated its 48th National Day, marking a period of peace and development under the leadership of Sultan Qaboos.

In celebration, Sultan Qaboos will preside over the “Glorious National Day” military parade on Sunday, which will be staged at the parade ground of the Royal Guard of Oman (RGO) Command.

On the occasion, Oman’s neighbors, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, have congratulated the country’s leadership and its people on the event of their national day.

Oman and Saudi Arabia enjoy historic, brotherly relations on various issues, in which both countries are keen on strengthening and developing the interests of their peoples and their leaders.

48 years ago, in his first historic speech in 1970, Sultan Qaboos promised to establish a modern state. Years have proven that with under his wisdom, inspired by the values of the past and future aspirations, Qaboos has built a nation that upholds the values of justice, citizenship, equality and law.

Throughout the years, Oman has made numerous and continuous achievements in various fields while maintaining its originality and heritage, all while remaining at pace with contemporary developments.

The most important feature of the modern “Omani Renaissance” is that Sultan Qaboos has laid the foundations and pillars of national unity as a firm pillar of this nation.

This is accompanied by programs to stimulate tourism and investment in tourism projects in the various provinces of the Sultanate.

Oman also tops rankings by international institutions in indicators on various fields, such as terror-free countries, reliability of police services, the judicial independence index, the road quality and the port services efficiency index.