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Saudi Civil Aviation General Authority confirms commitment to prevent all Qatari airlines and aircraft from landing at Kingdom's airports

Saudi Press Agency

Tuesday 1438/9/18 - 2017/06/13

Jeddah, Ramadan 18, 1438, June 13, 2017, SPA -- The General Authority of Civil Aviation said in a statement yesterday that it is committed to its decision issued on 10/9/1438 H, corresponding to 5/6/2017, on banning all Qatari aviation companies and aircraft registered in the State of Qatar from landing at the Kingdom's airports or transiting its sovereign airspace.

The statement added that the decision does not include the aviation companies and aircraft not registered in the Kingdom or Qatar, and wishing to cross the Kingdom's airspace to and from Qatar.

It noted that with regard to the passage of private and aircraft crossing the Kingdom's airspace from and to Qatar, non-Qatari private and crossing aircraft must submit a prior request to the concerned authority at the General Authority of Civil Aviation at least 24 hours, including a list of names and nationalities of crews and passengers, and the cargo being carried by the aircraft.

The Authority also reiterated its full commitment to the provisions of the Convention on International Civil Aviation "Chicago Convention 1944" and other relevant conventions to ensure the safety of international civil aviation, and the flow of international air traffic over the skies of the Kingdom. At the same time, the Kingdom reserves its sovereign right under international law to take any precautionary measures to protect its national security if necessary.

The Authority also affirmed its commitment to international resolutions on the fight against terrorism and aviation security, particularly the Security Council Resolution No. 2309, adopted by the Security Council at its 7775th session held on 22nd September 2016, in which it expressed its commitment to the sovereignty of all States, including their sovereignty over the airspace above their territories, territorial integrity, and political independence in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

The Security Council also expressed its concern in the same resolution that the civil aviation may be used as a means of transporting foreign terrorist fighters, and noted in this regard that Annex 9 Governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, concluded in Chicago on December 7, 1944 "Chicago Convention," recommends standards and practices related to the detection and prevention of terrorist threats related to civil aviation.

The Authority said that it would exercise its right to impose further measures that could guarantee the security and safety of its sovereign airspace from any threat or risk in accordance with the laws and conventions governing the movement of air traffic over its airspace.

12:45 LOCAL TIME 09:45 GMT

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