A spokeswoman for the Australian government told CNN, “The report shows that the treatment of the women concerned is aggressive, grossly inappropriate and beyond the circumstances in which women can give free and informed consent.”
CNN affiliate Nine News reported on 2 October that QR 908, a flight from Sydney to Qatar Airways, took off for a transit stop in Doha, Qatar.
Hamad International Airport confirmed that an abandoned newborn was found at the airport on 2 October, noting that medical professionals were “concerned about the health and well-being of a mother who had just given birth and requested To be located before departure (airport). “
“Persons arriving in the specific area of the airport where the newborn was found were asked to assist in the query,” the airport said in a statement to CNN.
Airport officials are still searching for the mother, but the newborn is “safe under the professional care of medical and social workers.”
On Monday, Australian Foreign Minister Marissa Payne said that this was “nothing that I have ever heard happening in any context in my life.”
In a press conference in Canberra, he said, “This is a matter of events, extremely disturbing, objectionable … We have made our views on the matter clear to Qatari authorities.”
Payne said a report has been submitted to the Australian Federal Police (AFP)
The AFP, in its reply to CNN, said it was aware of the matter and was contacting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
“It would not be appropriate to comment further,” the AFP spokesman said.