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Saudi Arabia prevents Pakistani plane from entering airspace

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Boeing plane belonging to the Pakistani private airline Shaheen Air International

Saudi Arabia has reportedly prevented a Pakistani airplane from entering its airspace for not possessing the required documents allowing it into the kingdom’s skies.

Saudi officials on Friday denied a Shaheen Air International flight entrance after it failed to meet the safety standards set by the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Al Arabiya reported.

The Saudi move came after a request by the Pakistani carrier for obtaining the necessary documents in advance was rejected due to technical observations.

The Jordan-registered Boeing 767 is on loan to Shaheen Air. The plane’s registration bars it from entering European airspace.

It came after Pakistan's Parliament rejected a demand by Saudi Arabia to join its military aggression against Yemen recommending Islamabad to remain neutral in the conflict. 

This is the second plane to be barred from entering Saudi airspace after Riyadh prevented an Iranian carrier with pilgrims on board two days ago allegedly for the same reason.

Iran is also among countries that oppose Saudi aggression of Yemen. 

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