Qatar-Bahrain rift imperils possible Gulf rapprochement

      Published on Wednesday, 30 December , 2020      358      
Qatar-Bahrain rift imperils possible Gulf rapprochement

  • Government

In a new escalation of the Gulf crisis, Qatar announced last Thursday that it had informed the UN Security Council of a violation of its airspace by four Bahraini fighter jets.

According to the official Qatar News Agency, a letter was sent to UN officials by Ambassador Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani, the Qatari permanent representative to the UN, including an official notification from Doha that four Bahraini military aircraft had penetrated Qatar’s airspace over territorial waters on Dec. 9.

It expressed Qatar’s strong condemnation of this violation of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and security.

But Jaber Al-Harami, a Qatari political analyst, told Anadolu Agency that this is not the first incident of its kind.

“These provocations are not the first. Bahrain, backed by the UAE, has previously made up some issues to prevent any reconciliation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, especially when they already reached a common belief that the dispute should be resolved,” he said.

Weeks back, the Qatari Interior Ministry announced the arrest of the crew of a Bahraini fishing vessel for violating its territorial waters.

“As part of its usual activities of monitoring and protecting Qatari territorial waters, security units stopped a Bahraini fishing vessel that penetrated Qatari waters by 1.3 nautical miles,” it said.

Category Government | 2020/12/30 latest update at 9:45 AM
Source : Anadolu Agency | Photocredit : Google
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