Bulgarian Governmental Plane Uses Iranian Airspace. Gets Denied Access Mid-Flight

Bulgaria's diplomatic mission to Saudi Arabia had some problems before even landing in Riyadh. Although Bulgaria's delegation had all of the permissions needed to use Iran's airspace, the governmental plane was denied access mid-flight and was asked to go back. Here is how the situation resolved. 

As the governmental vessel was flying into Iran's airspace the pilots got a message, asking the plane to go back and not use the airspace, for which it already had official permission to use both on its way to and from Riyadh. The plane then landed in Turkey and with the help of the Turkish government, the delegation managed to quickly acquire a permit by Iraq. Some analysts believe this to be a clear sign that Iran thinks of the Bulgaria - Saudi Arabia relationship as a threat to its national security. It isn't a secret that the delegation's visit will focus on military co-operation between the two states - namely arms trade.

Since Bulgaria had all the permits needed, the Ministry of Exterior brought in the ambassador of Iran for an explanation. The Minister of Exterior explained that all of the legal matters have been handled beforehand and any attempt by Iran to try and deem the flight as illegal will be treated as speculation and lies. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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