Hamad bin Jassim comments on Qatar obtaining its own aviation territory.. What did he say about Bahrain as well | A homeland tweeting outside the flock


Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim, the former Prime Minister of Qatar, commented on the approval of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to establish the Doha Aviation Information Region and the Doha Search and Rescue Region, in a step that contributes to the expansion of Qatar’s airspace.

Hamad bin Jassim said in a tweet, which was monitored by Watan, that Qatar’s acquisition of its own aviation territory is an important achievement, adding: “What they worked to achieve deserves all thanks.”

Hamad bin Jassim

Hamad bin Jassim added, “I remember that before the decision of the International Court of Justice to end the border dispute between us and Bahrain, we sought for Qatar to have a special territory for aviation.”

He added, “But after the court ruling was issued, the idea was canceled in good faith to open a new page for relations between the two countries, and to keep our territory with Bahrain, and I think that was an emotional decision that days proved misplaced.”

Doha FIR District

On Tuesday, the Qatar Transport and Communications Authority announced that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had approved in principle the establishment of the Doha Aviation Information Region and the Doha Search and Rescue Region, in a step that contributes to the expansion of Qatar’s airspace.

In a statement on its website, the ministry stated that ICAO’s approval was based on the proposal submitted by the State of Qatar, which includes the airspace under its sovereignty, in order to enhance safety and efficiency levels in the regional airspace, and other neighboring airspaces located above the high seas.

The statement added that the approval came during the 223rd session of the ICAO meetings, which is an organization affiliated with the United Nations, which was held starting from the 18th of last June.

He explained that Qatar’s proposal included its intention to withdraw from the current arrangement under which the Kingdom of Bahrain was assigned the task of providing air navigation services over its sovereign territory under the Chicago Convention.

ICAO acknowledged the right of Qatar

He pointed out that the ICAO Council recognized Qatar’s right to request the establishment of the Doha Aviation Information and Search and Rescue Region over its sovereign territory and the airspace above it, through which Doha aims to support the development of safe and sustainable air transport operations in the region.

He also acknowledged that Bahrain has been providing safe and effective air navigation services for several decades in the Middle East region, calling on Doha, Manama and neighboring countries with an interest in the issue to start a cooperative dialogue to agree on the necessary arrangements and submit their results to the 224th session of ICAO to agree to amend the plan Air navigation in the region.

In his speech during the meetings of the Civil Aviation Organization Council, the Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications, Jassim bin Saif Al-Sulaiti, said that his country’s proposal is of great importance to the future of civil aviation, not only in the Middle East, but also in the whole world.

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Al-Sulaiti added that the proposal expresses one of Qatar’s sovereign rights, and reflects the huge investments it has made in developing its air navigation system, stressing that his country has the necessary ingredients for air traffic management, and its willingness to provide distinguished services in the field of search and rescue, according to the statement.

In October 2017, Qatar filed two complaints before ICAO against the countries that boycotted it, namely Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, claiming a violation of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and the Agreement on Air Transit Services, after the four countries closed their air ports to Doha as one of the boycott measures.

In June 2018, the ICAO Council acknowledged the rejection of the appeals submitted by these countries regarding the organization’s lack of jurisdiction in the Qatari complaint. However, the four countries opposed this decision and submitted an appeal before the International Court of Justice, which in turn ruled in July last year that ICAO had jurisdiction to consider the Qatari complaint.

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