UAE & Canada Settle Aviation Row

Agence France Presse (AFP)24.11.2011 Aviation & Space
UAE & Canada Settle Aviation Row

UAE & Canada Settle Aviation Row

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Canada and the United Arab Emirates have put a row over aviation rights behind them, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said.
"Yes, we went through a bit of a rough patch last year but I'm pleased to report that I see things going in an upward trajectory," Baird said after meeting with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdallah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

The Minister said in a teleconference from the UAE they had several "good, positive, warm, and constructive" fence-mending talks. However, Baird did not detail any substantive changes to the bilateral relationship.

Relations between the oil-rich UAE and Ottawa deteriorated rapidly following the aviation row, after the Gulf state retaliated with the closure of Camp Mirage, a secret military base located outside Dubai and used to supply Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

The UAE last year threatened to impose new visa fees of up to $1,000 on visiting Canadians and closed a military base to Canadian use after Ottawa refused to allow the UAE's two national carriers more landing rights.

A flurry of quiet diplomacy ensued, culminating in Baird's visit to the Gulf state this week to try to mend fences.

More than 25,000 Canadians live in the United Arab Emirates, one of Canada's biggest economic partners in the Middle East, with bilateral trade valued at about 1.5 billion dollars per year, according to UAE officials.


Source: AFP



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