Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace

Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace
An Etihad flight landing in Abu Dhabi. Bahrain said all flights coming to and from the UAE capital could use its airspace. (AFP/File)
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Updated 04 September 2020

Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace

Bahrain allows all flights to and from UAE to cross its airspace
  • The announcement came after Saudi Arabia released a similar statement on Wednesday.

DUBAI: Bahrain has approved a request to allow the passage of flights from all countries headed to the UAE through the Kingdom’s airspace. 

The Civil Aviation Affairs department at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said the request came from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority.

The request stated the UAE’s desire to allow flights to pass through the Kingdom's airspace while traveling between “all countries” and the UAE.

The announcement came after Saudi Arabia released a similar statement on Wednesday.

It comes after the UAE and Israel normalized ties last month.

A joint Israeli-US delegation traveled from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday and returned on Tuesday.


European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans

European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans
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European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans

European powers warn Iran over uranium metal plans
  • The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications: Britain, France and Germany
  • Iran had signed up to a 15-year ban on "producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys" under the JCPOA

BERLIN: European powers on Saturday voiced deep concern over Iran's plans to produce uranium metal, warning that Tehran has "no credible civilian use" for the element.
"The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications," said the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany in a joint statement.
Iran had signed up to a 15-year ban on "producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys" under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) signed in 2015 with world powers.
"We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPoA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal," said the ministers.
Their call came after Iran told the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday that it was advancing research on uranium metal production, saying it is aimed at providing advanced fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.
The landmark 2015 deal agreed between Iran and the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions has been largely in tatters since President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions.
The Iranian government has signalled a readiness to engage with US President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on January 20 and who has expressed willingness to return to diplomacy with Tehran.