UAE, Bahrain partially open up airspace for Qatar

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agree to open up some of their airspace to Qatar Airways, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced.

Anthony Philbin, the spokesman of the Montreal-based ICAO, said: “Some existing air route availability has been assured, and some new temporary or contingency routes have also been developed.”

Since June 5, ICAO has worked with various Middle East states to provide Qatar Airways with air corridor.Qatar announced in a release on Wednesday that the citizens of 80 countries are allowed visa-free entry to the country.Officials from Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways and the Interior Ministry held a joint press conference in Doha.

Hassan Al Ibrahim, chairman of the Tourism Development Sector of Qatar Tourism Authority said that the Qatari government made a historic change in the tourism sector, which will bring visa exemption for 80 countries.Stating that the countries exempt from visa have been selected according to

Hassan Al Ibrahim, chairman of the Tourism Development Sector of Qatar Tourism Authority said that the Qatari government made a historic change in the tourism sector, which will bring visa exemption for 80 countries.

Stating that the countries exempt from visa have been selected according to a specific criteria, Ibrahim noted the studies will continue, and that new countries will gradually be added to the list.

Turkey ‘flies’ to the top in Europe Lt. Col. Muhammad Rashid al Mazroui, Director of the Airport Passports Department of Hamad International Airport, pointed out that the citizens of these 80 countries visiting Qatar will not need to pay for a visa.Al Mazroui said these countries have been evaluated according to security and economy of the passengers, and the interior ministry’s experience since the establishment of Hamad Airport.The new regulations will allow the citizens of the 80 countries, including Turkey, Germany, Greece and Belgium, to enter Qatar visa-free.Turkey aims to diversify tourism market

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Upon a complaint was lodged by Qatar, the ICAO Council held an extraordinary meeting in Montreal at the end of July. ICAO called on the relevant states to abide by the Chicago Convention, and continue to cooperate in order to maintain civil aviation.

Blockade against Chicago Convention

Regarding ICAO’s call on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications said they have made progress by forcing the states who embargoed Qatar to abide by the convention. Al Sulaiti noted that the relevant states discriminate against Qatar by imposing

Al Sulaiti noted that the relevant states discriminate against Qatar by imposing aerial blockade, which is particularly against Article 54 of the 1944 Chicago Convention.

Qatar’s emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met Wednesday with a visiting U.S. delegation in the capital Doha.The delegation includes U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs Tim Lenderking and retired general Anthony Zinni, according to the pan-Arab Al Jazeera television.

The visit comes amid a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.The four countries accuse Qatar of meddling in their affairs and supporting terrorism, a claim denied by Doha.

The four cut diplomatic ties with Doha, imposed a sea, land and air blockade and presented a set of demands for Doha or face further sanctions.Qatar, for its part, contends that the blockade is in violation of international law.Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he would dispatch the delegation to the Gulf to help resolve the conflict.”I am going to dispatch Tim back to the area… and I have also asked Zinni to be with Tim so that we can maintain a constant pressure on the ground …

The visit comes amid a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.The four countries accuse Qatar of meddling in their affairs and supporting terrorism, a claim denied by Doha.

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The four cut diplomatic ties with Doha, imposed a sea, land and air blockade and presented a set of demands for Doha or face further sanctions.Qatar, for its part, contends that the blockade is in violation of international law.Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he would dispatch the delegation to the Gulf to help resolve the conflict.”I am going to dispatch Tim back to the area… and I have also asked Zinni to be with Tim so that we can maintain a constant pressure on the ground …

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he would dispatch the delegation to the Gulf to help resolve the conflict.”I am going to dispatch Tim back to the area… and I have also asked Zinni to be with Tim so that we can maintain a constant pressure on the ground …

We are committed to see this disagreement resolved, restore Gulf unity, because we think it is important to the long-term effort to defeat terrorism in the region,” he said.On Monday, the U.S. delegation visited Kuwait, which has been mediating to resolve the conflict.

“The new routes are a great success for Qatar, given its ability to convince the International Civil Aviation Organization of the importance of compliance by the siege countries to the Chicago Convention,” Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority stated.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. They also imposed a blockade by land, sea and air.

A joint declaration accused 59 individuals and 12 charity groups in Qatar of being “linked to terror.” Qatar has called the move “unjustified.

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