Four-nation delegation briefs ICAO chief on aviation restrictions

June 17, 2017

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH – A delegation comprising top transport officials of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt met with top officials of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and briefed them on the aviation measures taken by them in view of their fight against terrorism.

The delegation is comprised of Minister of Transport Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, Assistant President of Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation Capt. Abdul-Hakami Al-Badr, Minister of Transport of Bahrain Mohammed Ahmed Kamal, President of Civil Aviation Authority of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Saif Al Suwaidi, and President of Civil Aviation Authority of Egypt Hani Al-Adawi.

The delegation met with ICA Council President Dr. Benard Aliu, Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, a number of ICAO department directors, and permanent representatives of ICAO member states at ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada, on Thursday.

The delegation explained to the officials all the measures taken to implement the decisions of their governments. The delegation emphasized the legality of these measures derived from their sovereign rights emanating from the international law and in conformity with resolutions No. 2309 and 1373 and other Security Council resolutions on countering terrorism in all its forms, and respect for the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention, 1944).

They emphasized that their governments have not imposed any restrictions on foreign aviation companies except Qatari companies and those companies registered in Qatar from using their airspace. Replying to queries from the ICAO officials, the delegation strongly refuted Qatari arguments and attempts to mislead the Organization with incorrect information about the current situation.

The delegation welcomed cooperation and coordination with ICAO to serve its objectives and enhance the security and safety of the international air traffic, stressing at the same time that it would exercise its sovereign right under international laws to protect the airspace of the four states from any risks that might affect its safety.

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