Qatar Airways Uses Somalia Airspace After Gulf States, Egypt Blocked Flight Access
Gulf carrier Qatar Airways started to use Somalia airspace 15 times more than its previous airspace access after four Arab countries blocked the airlines access into their spaces.
The four countries also blocked the airspace access the Qatar Airways, which forced the airline to seek alternative for its planned flights.
A senior Qatar Airways officials said on Tuesday that they have used Somalia airspace fifteen times more than its official flight routes.
Mogadishu maintains friendly ties with all the five countries, as Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo visited three of them namely; Saudi Arabia
, UAE and Qatar
shortly after his election victory in this year.
One Somali diplomatic, who spoke to anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media, noted that it was the national policy to continue maintaining a very neutral position when it comes to new diplomatic crisis between the most strong and rich Arab countries.
Somalia is also member of the Arab League and has supported the Sunni-Arab Alliance Coalition led by the Saudi Arabia, which Qatar has been expelled.
Former Somalia Foreign Minister Abdisalam Omar Hadliye also called Somali government to play an arbitration role during the new crisis within the Gulf States.
Nagala Soo Xiriir