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ICAO Council rejects appeals submitted by the countries of the blockade against Qatar

Montreal, June 28, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has decided to reject the appeals of the embargo countries regarding the non-jurisdiction of the Organization by the complaint of the State of Qatar. This came during the meeting held Wednesday 27th June 2018 to hear the complaints submitted by the State of Qatar on the negative effects caused by the countries of the blockade on aviation security and air safety.

H. E. Jasem Bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transportation and Communications, commended the majority of the member states of (ICAO) for considering the complaint of the State of Qatar and rejecting appeals from the embargo countries.He praised the efforts exerted by the Organization in maintaining air safety, security and traffic flow.

He stressed that the encroachments of the States of the blockade on the safety and security of aviation are contrary to all the norms and conventions binding on all parties, in addition to the serious consequences it causes to air safety and security.He expressed the hope that the Executive Council of the Organization would expedite the adoption of appropriate resolutions on the right of air traffic and the violations of international law by the embargo countries pursuant to the dispute resolution mechanism adopted by the Organization in accordance with article 84 of Chicago Convention.Stressing his confidence in the Council and its wise decisions that are in the interest of aviation security and safety.

H. E. the Minister of Transportation and Communications stressed on the State of Qatar’s consistent position in respect of the international laws and regulations governing the airspace in general and that it is a tribute to the international community which was manifested by the State by not taking any similar measures as the embargo countries had adopted.Stressing the respect of the State of Qatar for the agreements and its concern for the safety and security of aviation.

Article 84 of Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation (Dispute Resolution) states:If a dispute arises between two or more Contracting States on the interpretation or application of this Convention or its annexes (or transit agreement) and the dispute could not be settled by negotiation, the Council shall decide upon the request of any State Party to the dispute.

The State of Qatar submitted two complaints to the ICAO Council under Article 84 of Chicago Convention concerning the interpretation and application of Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation (1944) and its Annexes, as well as the interpretation and application of the International Airline Transit Agreement.

The States of the blockade submitted a preliminary objection to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization and argued that the Council had no jurisdiction to consider the two complaints submitted by the State of Qatar to evade their obligations to Chicago and Transit Conventions and not to consider and decide on the complaint, wishing to expand negative impacts on aviation security and air safety.

The State of Qatar submitted a response to the objection of the embargo countries, in which it explained that the complaint of the State of Qatar was the responsibility of the ICAO Council. The Council of the Organization had earlier set the date of 26 June 2018 as the date for hearing the State of Qatar’s complaint against the embargo countries. It should be noted that on 31 July 2017, the ICAO Council approved emergency lines for Qatari aircrafts.

For more information, contact:
Qatar Embassy in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2270833, +92-51-2270768
Website: http://islamabad.embassy.qa/en

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ICAO Council rejects appeals submitted by the countries of the blockade against Qatar

Montreal, June 28, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has decided to reject the appeals of the embargo countries regarding the non-jurisdiction of the Organization by the complaint of the State of Qatar. This came during the meeting held Wednesday 27th June 2018 to hear the complaints submitted by the State of Qatar on the negative effects caused by the countries of the blockade on aviation security and air safety.

H. E. Jasem Bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transportation and Communications, commended the majority of the member states of (ICAO) for considering the complaint of the State of Qatar and rejecting appeals from the embargo countries.He praised the efforts exerted by the Organization in maintaining air safety, security and traffic flow.

He stressed that the encroachments of the States of the blockade on the safety and security of aviation are contrary to all the norms and conventions binding on all parties, in addition to the serious consequences it causes to air safety and security.He expressed the hope that the Executive Council of the Organization would expedite the adoption of appropriate resolutions on the right of air traffic and the violations of international law by the embargo countries pursuant to the dispute resolution mechanism adopted by the Organization in accordance with article 84 of Chicago Convention.Stressing his confidence in the Council and its wise decisions that are in the interest of aviation security and safety.

H. E. the Minister of Transportation and Communications stressed on the State of Qatar’s consistent position in respect of the international laws and regulations governing the airspace in general and that it is a tribute to the international community which was manifested by the State by not taking any similar measures as the embargo countries had adopted.Stressing the respect of the State of Qatar for the agreements and its concern for the safety and security of aviation.

Article 84 of Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation (Dispute Resolution) states:If a dispute arises between two or more Contracting States on the interpretation or application of this Convention or its annexes (or transit agreement) and the dispute could not be settled by negotiation, the Council shall decide upon the request of any State Party to the dispute.

The State of Qatar submitted two complaints to the ICAO Council under Article 84 of Chicago Convention concerning the interpretation and application of Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation (1944) and its Annexes, as well as the interpretation and application of the International Airline Transit Agreement.

The States of the blockade submitted a preliminary objection to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization and argued that the Council had no jurisdiction to consider the two complaints submitted by the State of Qatar to evade their obligations to Chicago and Transit Conventions and not to consider and decide on the complaint, wishing to expand negative impacts on aviation security and air safety.

The State of Qatar submitted a response to the objection of the embargo countries, in which it explained that the complaint of the State of Qatar was the responsibility of the ICAO Council. The Council of the Organization had earlier set the date of 26 June 2018 as the date for hearing the State of Qatar’s complaint against the embargo countries. It should be noted that on 31 July 2017, the ICAO Council approved emergency lines for Qatari aircrafts.

For more information, contact:
Qatar Embassy in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2270833, +92-51-2270768
Website: http://islamabad.embassy.qa/en

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Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan inaugurates Upgraded Japanese Language Department at NUML Islamabad

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Islamabad, May 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, today inaugurated the upgraded department of the Japanese language at the National University of Modern Languages which was...

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The Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan inaugurates Water Filtration Plants in District Faisalabad, Punjab

Islamabad, May 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, inaugurated 7 water filtration plants in Tehsil Samundari, District Faisalabad on Tuesday, 8th May 2018. The Government of Japan has contributed US$ 83,200 to Hu...

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Partnership between U.S. Embassy Islamabad and the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir renewedfor another year

Muzaffarabad, April 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): The U.S. Embassy Islamabad and the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) renewing their partnership overseeing the Lincoln Corner in Muzaffarabad (LCM) for another year (April 2018 – April 2019). Michelle Los Banos, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad, and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, Vice Chancellor UAJK, signed the MOU. First established in 2007, LCM is a partnership project between the U.S. Embassy Islamabad and UAJK. Alongside the MOU signing, the Lincoln Corner celebrated its 11th anniversary. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, the Vice Chancellor, university deans, department heads, faculty, students, and members of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) in Muzaffarabad participated in the celebration.

The U.S. Embassy Islamabad runs a network of 18 Lincoln Corners across Pakistan. A Lincoln Corner is a resource center and event space hosted in partnership with Pakistani institutions – in public libraries, universities, and cultural centers.In her remarks, Counsellor for Public Affairs Michelle Los Banos said Lincoln Corners, such as the LCM, “allow us to maintain an open dialogue with Pakistani audiences through programs that build prosperity, foster mutual understanding and strengthen people-to-people ties.”

The LCM was remodeled in October 2016 to create a contemporary and comfortable space with added resources for the benefit of visitors. The corner provides free access to books, magazines, videos, a tech bar, and eLibrary USA. Visitors can access a large collection of databases, scholarly journals, e-books, newspaper articles, and multimedia content through eLibrary USA.

In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, the corner organizes monthly programs for UAJK students and the local community in Muzaffarabad, focusing on English language learning, Education USA resources, science and technology, entrepreneurship, makerspaces, and information about the United States. The Corner has also hosted programs to raise awareness about gender-based violence and discrimination, to build networks and promote knowledge-sharing among budding entrepreneurs, and encourage innovation and creativity through makerspaces and Spark!Lab activities.

To learn more about Lincoln Corners, visit http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/lincoln_corners.html.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

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