Menon urges withdrawal of visa restrictions

Bangladesh, UAE sign ASA to expand aviation relations

-A Monitor Report 16 Oct, 2017  |    -      +
Dubai : Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed an air services agreement (ASA) to strengthen and expand aviation relations between the two countries.

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy and Chairman, General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), UAE and Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at the GCAA office in Dubai on October 2.

Through the signing of the agreement, Biman Bangladesh Airlines and UAE-based airlines will enjoy an increased frequency and route facilities.

Earlier, at a high-level meeting, Menon said there is huge opportunity to expand relations with the UAE in trade, investment, tourism and other areas.

The Bangladesh minister said the opportunity of expanding relations between the two nations is being hampered due to visa restrictions of the UAE government to the Bangladeshi nationals.

Menon urged the UAE government to withdraw their visa restrictions for Bangladeshi nationals in entering the UAE, considering Bangladesh as a part of Muslim Ummah.

Mentioning that Bangladesh has a pool of trained flight crews, flight engineers, aircraft engineers and cabin crews, the Bangladesh minister urged the UAE-based airlines to recruit them.

The UAE authority hoped that all pending matters including visa issue will be resolved through discussions during the upcoming visit of Bangladesh foreign minister to the UAE in December.

The Bangladesh delegation was also comprised with SM Ghulam Farooque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, M Imran, Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE and Air-Vice Marshal M Naim Hasan, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bang-ladesh (CAAB).

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