On his Twitter page, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, regrets what happened with the female Australian passengers:
"We regret the unacceptable treatment of the female passengers at HIA. I assure you that we will hold those responsible for these acts to account. What took place does not represent Qatar’s laws or values. We will undertake all measures to prevent a recurrence."
Government Communications Office, on Thursday, released a folllow-up statement on an abandoned newborn baby that was found at Hamad International Airport on October 2.
"The preliminary investigation into the attempted murder of a newborn baby found in a very serious condition at Hamad International Airport (HIA), and the subsequent procedures taken by the authorities at the airport, including examining a number of female passengers, revealed that standard procedures were violated. Those responsible for these violations and illegal actions have been referred to the Public Prosecution Office."
Following the directives of His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz AlThani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, specialised task forces are reviewing and identifying any potential gaps in the procedures and protocols followed at Hamad International Airport, in order to address them and ensure that any violations are avoided in the future.
His Excellency expressed the Government of the State of Qatar’s sincerest apology for what some female travelers went through as a result of the measures.
This incident is the first of its kind at HIA, which has served tens of millions of passengers without any issues like this before. What took place is wholly inconsistent with Qatar’s culture and values. Qatar is fully committed to the safety and security of all travelers arriving to or transiting through HIA."
Government Communications Office releases statement on abandoned baby found at HIA
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Source: Press Release
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