Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE jointly filed appeals with the International Court of Justice against decisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on claims lodged by Qatar.
The four states maintain that the ICAO does not have the competence to rule in the case, which concerns issues that are entirely unrelated to civil aviation or aviation safety.
The dispute is over Qatar’s failure to honour its commitment to stop supporting terrorist entities and individuals, interfering in the affairs of its neighbours and to no longer use its government-controlled media networks to propagate hate speech, Bahrain’s non-resident ambassador to the Netherlands Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa said.
The council’s decisions are moreover irregular, the countries said, and asked the ICJ to set them aside.
The final decision on these matters will be made by the ICJ. Pending the ICJ’s decision, the ICAO’s proceedings are suspended.
The four states have appointed agents to represent them before the ICJ. They are Shaikh Fawaz for Bahrain, Amgad Abdel Ghaffar for Egypt, Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Abohaimed for Saudi Arabia and Saeed Ali Yousef Alnowais for the UAE.
The states reiterated their respect for ICAO, and their continuing commitment to ensure the safety of air navigation within the framework of ICAO.