GACA cuts air links with Iran


The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Monday that it was cutting all air links with Iran after Riyadh severed diplomatic ties with Tehran.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, GACA said that following the Kingdom’s decision to cut diplomatic relations on Sunday, it had informed all airlines operating in Saudi Arabia that it was suspending and preventing all their flights to and from Iran.

The decision was taken following the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad.

“The airlines will take necessary procedures so as not to affect the passengers who have already reserved their tickets for travel,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Arab League will hold on Sunday an extraordinary session of the foreign ministers at its headquarters in Cairo to discuss the attacks on the Kingdom’s embassy and consulate in Iran.

This was in response to a request from Saudi Arabia, according to Ahmed Ben Helli, deputy secretary general of the Arab League.

“The League has received a formal request from Saudi Arabia on Monday for holding the meeting, which is aimed at condemning Iran’s attack on the Saudi diplomatic missions and its interference in Arab affairs,” he said.


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