UAE, India to renegotiate bilateral air service deal

17 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: The UAE Ambassador to India, Dr. Ahmad Abdulrahman Al Banna, has met with India’s new Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, and discussed pressing issues relating to cooperation between the two countries in civil aviation.

This was the first face-to-face interaction from the UAE side with a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers since India’s new government was sworn in on May 30, report agencies.

The UAE’s leaders had congratulated Modi on telephone and through cables following the Prime Minister’s landslide election victory last month.

Puri, who was Minister of State with independent charge of the Housing and Urban Affairs portfolio in the previous government, has been given independent charge of civil aviation this time, in addition to his previous charge.

He is also Minister of State for Commerce in the new government.

The ambassador briefed the Minister on the status of a bilateral air service agreement and reiterated a request by the UAE’s civil aviation authorities on the urgent need to start negotiations on revising the existing agreement since full capacity has been reached under the present pact.

Dr. Al Banna told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that Puri was "very positive" in his response to issues raised by the UAE during today’s discussions.