During the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly, held in Montreal, Canada, with the participation of delegates from 193 countries, Qatar was elected to the ICAO Council for the first time. For the following three years, (2023-2025), membership will be in Group C.
Qatar won the election by a landslide, receiving 160 votes and placing it among the top candidates in Group C; this reflects the country’s major contributions and efforts in the civil aviation industry. Immediately after the news broke, the country’s Minister of Transport, H.E. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, stated that Qatar’s election to the ICAO Council is further evidence of the country’s rising status and increasing international prominence under the able leadership of His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. He further noted that this shows ICAO Member States have faith in Qatar’s ability to help address the industry’s pressing issues moving forward.