UAE announced on Tuesday that it will bring before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) its legal case supporting the right to close its airspace to Qatar aircraft.

This came after the International Court of Justice held that the World Aviation Authority has jurisdiction to address allegations of civil aviation in Qatar against the UAE and other countries.

Dr. Hessa Abdullah Al-Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands said:

 "The decision of the International Court of Justice was technical and limited to procedural cases and jurisdiction to deal with the dispute; it did not take into account the subject matter of the case." "We have the highest respect for the court and we will study its decision closely. There are important points in the ruling that the United Arab Emirates and the Quartet will rely on in the procedures before the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization."


 We note that the other important questions were left unanswered by the judgments.

The issues that we will address before the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and we look forward to clarification of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization that the UAE restricted Qatar aircraft from the airspace of the United Arab Emirates as one of a number of measures derived from the termination of relations by 10 countries. "

"This came in response to Qatar's long support for terrorist and extremist groups and its active steps to foster unrest in the region. The UAE believes that the Council will not attempt to second guess the national security decisions of the members of the International Civil Aviation Organization Meanwhile, the UAE airspace procedures are still in effect.

She added: "This crisis will not be resolved in the International Civil Aviation Organization or in any other international organization, and relations will not improve until Qatar implements the Riyadh agreements and wishes to demonstrate that it will play a constructive role in the region."