Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

UAE slams Qatar's accusation of airspace violation as "incorrect"

UAE slams Qatar's accusation of airspace violation as

Qatar has filed new complaint to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over a second United Arab Emirates (UAE) military fighter jet which violated its airspace, Qatar News Agency reported Saturday.

The "military airlift", which was travelling from the UAE to Bahrain, entered the airspace of Qatar on the morning of January 3 "without prior authorisation", Qatar's foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"We are working to respond to it officially with evidence", the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Anwar Gargash, said on Friday.

Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani described the incident as an evidence that shows UAE authorities seek to continue their approach to violate worldwide law, conventions, charters and global norms.

"[The] threat to the safety of its [Qatar's] borders and territories is evidence of the UAE authorities continuing their approach to violating global law, conventions, charters and worldwide norms", it added.

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On Friday, Qatar has filed a complaint to the UNSC after a UAE military aircraft violated its airspace on December 21 a year ago.

The Qatari complaint regarding a violation by the UAE of its airspace is incorrect and confusing.

Tensions have escalated in the Gulf since Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut all ties with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of supporting Islamist extremists and being too close to Riyadh's arch-rival, Iran.

Qatar has denied the charges.

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