New York / Information Office / Jan. 11
The State of Qatar has sent two identical messages to the United Nations Secretary-General and to the President of the UN Security Council regarding an Emirati Fighter aircraft coming from the airspace of the United Arab Emirates violating the airspace of the State of Qatar , at 9:45 am, Thursday ,December 21, 2017.
In a letter presented by the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, HE Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Thani, the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, said that the aircraft carrying the Induction code (0403) flew over the exclusive economic zone of Qatar at a height of 33,400 feet, with 460 knots speed , for one minute.
HE Sheikha Alia confirmed that the UAE plane entered the airspace of the State of Qatar without prior knowledge or approval of the competent Qatari authorities.
She considered that the incident was a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Qatar, as well as a flagrant violation of the provisions of international law, conventions, charters and international norms.
This incident comes within the context of the continuation of the irresponsible unilateral provocative actions of the United Arab Emirates against the State of Qatar, which threatens the stability and security of the region and constitutes a direct violation of the principles of respect for the sovereignty of States and the maintenance of international peace and security contained in the Charter of the United Nations, she added.
In her message, HE Ambassador Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Thani, Qatar's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said: "While the Government of the State of Qatar is keen to maintain good neighborly relations with its neighbors, it strongly rejects any violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and that in the event of a repeat of such violation, the State of Qatar will take, in order to preserve its legitimate sovereign right, all necessary measures to defend its borders and airspace and national security, in accordance with international laws and regulations.