Dubai: The United Arab Emirates has complained to the UN Security Council after Qatar put the security and safety of its civil aviation at risk.
In a letter to the Council, the UAE delegation said that on January 15 and March 26, Qatar put the lives of civilians at risk when jetfighter came dangerously close to civil aircraft on scheduled routine flights on international routes, Al Arabiya Television reported.
The UAE deplored in the letter that Qatar continued to commit irresponsible acts that threatened civilian flights by Emirati aircraft.
On Monday, the UAE has filed a formal complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) following repeated incidents that saw Qatari fighter jets intercept Emirati civilian aircraft during regular, scheduled flights.
Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said the UAE filed a detailed complaint under Article 54 of the Chicago Convention that takes into account the national interests of member states of the ICAO, the UAE news agency reported.
“Such aggressive actions by Qatar against UAE civilian aircraft are deliberate violations of international covenants and conventions governing civil aviation and are a threat to the safety of civil aviation. The UAE outright rejects these acts,” Al Suwaidi was quoted as saying.
He added that the provocations were unjustified and out the safety of passengers and crew members at heightened risk.