September 24, 2013
KABUL â€“ Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul signed an agreement on air services with his UAE counterpart His Highness Sheikh Abdullah on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York this afternoon.
The two foreign ministers signed the agreement â€œacknowledging the importance of air transportation as a means of creating and fostering friendship, understanding and cooperation between the people of the two countriesâ€ and with a desire to expand international air transport opportunities.
Among other things, the agreement provides for airlines in both countries to fly their planes across each otherâ€™s territory without landing, to make stops in each otherâ€™s territory for non-traffic purposes and to carry passengers, cargo and baggage to each otherâ€™s territory.
Under this agreement, both countries would also have the right to use each otherâ€™s airways, airports and other facilities on a non-discriminatory basis.
Afghan and Emirati airlines already fly regular, daily flights between Afghanistan and the UAE. Recently, Emirates Airlines announced that it would start its international flights to Kabul International Airport in December