BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – The governments of Qatar and Syria may not have diplomatic relations at this time, but Damascus’ move to allow Doha to use their airspace has helped the small Gulf nation immensely.
Qatar, who has arguably been the biggest supporter of the Syrian opposition, cutoff ties with Syria in 2011 and began funding and arming the opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
However, due to Qatar’s close ties with Iran, Doha has been granted access to Syria’s airspace for their domestic flights.
Since the announcement by the Syrian Ministry of Transportation, Qatar Airways has used Syrian airspace on a daily basis, putting to end their long flights to the Mediterranean region.
While this is a major boost for Qatar, a source in Damascus says that the two countries still have no plans to reconcile.
The source added that Iran played a major role in negotiating Qatar’s access to Syrian airspace, as they are currently in a Middle East coalition with the Gulf nation and Turkey.