Statement from the Ministry of Transport and Communications

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Statement from the Ministry of Transport and Communications

Doha – Qatar

Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications is aware of the surprising news being reported in some media outlets, which claims that arms shipments have passed through Doha from Tehran in a cargo aircraft that landed at Hamad International Airport and then left for the Lebanese capital Beirut.

This story is completely baseless. After reviewing the records and comparing them to the stories being reported, it was confirmed beyond doubt that this story is incorrect and not based on any facts.

The stories claim that an aircraft carrying the number QFZ-9950 landed in Doha, which is incorrect. The aircraft that landed at Hamad International Airport was carrying the number QFZ9976, which landed at 22:20 pm Doha time on Wednesday 17 October 2018. This was a cargo aircraft carrying a shipment of livestock belonging to the Qatari company Widam Food, which then left Doha for Tehran at 10:30 am on Thursday, 18 October 2018.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications condemns the false allegations that Qatar facilitates the transfer of arms. The Ministry reaffirms that all of its institutions comply with the highest international security standards and all relevant domestic and international laws to ensure international security and safety at all land, air and sea ports.

The Ministry calls on all media to ensure accuracy and credibility of their reporting before further dissemination of baseless information.