Qatar charge untrue, says UAE Minister Gargash

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) dismisssed the Qatari move as unjustified and an escalation.

Qatar, which has faced a boycott by Arab states including the UAE since last June, said it had lodged a protest at the United Nations about the violation which allegedly took place on December 21.

Qatar's representative to the UN, Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, said that the breach on December 21 a year ago lasted for one minute at a height of 33,000 feet above Qatar's exclusive economic zone.

"HE Sheikha Alia (Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani) 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.

The complaint stated that the violation was "irresponsible and provocative".

"We are working on responding to that officially with proof and evidence", he said.

Qatar's foreign minister says Gulf crisis is all over a woman Qatar's Foreign Minister has made the extraordinary claim that the diplomatic crisis in the gulf was all brought about by a dispute over a woman renewing her passport. "What we see is an escalation and unjustified", he said. "Everything that used to happen under the table is now in the open", he continued.

Over six months ago Qatar's neighbors, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut off diplomatic relations with the gulf state and blockaded it by land, sea and air.

They have banned all flights to and from Doha and cut off most trade links. Qatar has denied the charges and upgraded trade with Iran and Turkey since then to mitigate the impact of the sanctions.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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