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Statement of Non-resident Bahraini Ambassador to the Netherlands on International Court of Justice's decision

His Excellency Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Netherlands, stated that today the International Court of Justice has delivered two judgments upholding the jurisdiction of the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) over the complaints filed by Qatar. The first complaint is filed against the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Arab Republic of Egypt, and United Arab Emirates, and the second filed against the aforementioned countries in addition to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concerning the sovereign legitimate measures adopted by the Quartet within the framework of terminating diplomatic relations with Qatar in June 2017.

His Excellency the Ambassador expressed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s full respect for the decisions of the International Court of Justice and the principles of international law in relation to preserving the security, safety and flow of air traffic, and clarified that the two judgments relate to whether the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has competence to hear the complaints brought by Qatar under the Chicago Convention in 1944, and the Convention on International Air Services Transit, and thus the two judgments have no bearing on the substance of the dispute or the merits of the baseless Qatari claims that target the interests and security of the Quartet.

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