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Heads of four boycotting countries’ missions meet with Chinese official in Beijing to refute claims of Qatari government

Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as Acting directors of the Embassies of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Egypt accredited to the People’s Republic of China held a meeting with the Director-General of the Department of West Asian and North African Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deng Li, at the ministry’s headquarters yesterday.

The meeting was held to discuss the deliberations and results of the first meeting, which was held on 23 June, and to highlight the latest developments, including the complaint by the Government of Qatar to the four States to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to stop its decision to close its airspace to Qatari airlines or those registered in Qatar. The meeting is particularly important due to the fact that China is currently chairing ICAO and is a member of its executive board. The organization will consider Qatari claims and the four countries' responses to them at its next meeting, which will be held at the end of this month.

The meeting highlighted that the procedures taken by the four boycotting countries are consistent with the sovereign rights of states according to the International Law, and the International Civil Aviation Convention (Chicago Convention 1944) and its annexes.

The four countries provided ICAO with accurate maps and data illustrating the air traffic of Qatari aircraft on international routes and airspace in other countries in order to refute the Qatari claims. The data shows that the international water airspace remains open and that the Flight Information Region of the quartet is committed to providing service and support to all airlines Including Qatari companies. This reflects the full responsibility of the of the four countries to adhere to the organization, and therefore affirms the lack of eligibility of the government of Qatar to resort to Article "84" concerning the settlement of civil aviation disputes.

The Chinese side expressed hope that the international community will stand firm in its fight against terrorism and not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. It also stressed the importance of supporting the Kuwaiti efforts and settling the dispute in the Gulf through dialogue.

The Chinese side also expressed China's readiness to exert all efforts to address the existing dispute as requested.

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