Bahrain’s Non-resident to The Netherlands Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa said today that 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 Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, and the second against Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia concerning the sovereign legitimate measures adopted by the Quartet within the framework of terminating diplomatic relations with Qatar in June 2017.

The ambassador expressed Bahrain’s full respect for the decisions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the principles of international law in relation to preserving the security, safety and flow of air traffic.

He clarified that the two  judgments relate to whether the 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.