UAE Official Claims Qatar Ownership

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Amid rising tensions between Abu Dhabi and Doha in recent weeks, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy head of Dubai Police, claimed that Qatar has belonged to his ancestors.

UAE Official Claims Qatar Ownership

In a message released in his twitter account, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said his ancestors, the Bani Yas family, governed Qatar before the rule of Al Thani, the current family governing the country.

He also claimed that the building in Doha that is currently the headquarters of Al Jazeera TV channel was once his ancestors’ home.

Tensions between the Arab states in the Persian Gulf have intensified in recent weeks.

Qatar in separate letters to the President of the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General complained of violation of its airspace by the United Arab Emirates’ planes for the second time.

In a letter sent by Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani last week, he drew the attention of the UN Secretary General and the President of the Security Council to a UAE military airlift carrying induction code (DHC-6) coming from the UAE airspace bound for the Kingdom of Bahrain to enter the airspace of Qatar, at 10:10am, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, flying over the country’s special economic zone, without prior authorization of the competent Qatari authorities, Qatar official News Agency reported.

Qatar’s complaint about the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) violation of its airspace is "incorrect," said the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash last Friday.

The Abu Dhabi-based official described on Twitter the Qatar’s claim as “confusing,” adding the UAE’s authorities are working to respond to it officially with evidence.

The UAE and its allies, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of supporting “extremism and terrorism”.

The Arab quartet also imposed transport and trade sanctions by air, land and sea. Qatar has denied the charges and upgraded trade with Iran and Turkey since then to decrease the impact of sanctions.

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