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SL, US to amend open skies deal facilitating efficient cargo movement

SL-US-TRADEUnited States and Sri Lanka on Monday signed an agreement to amend the bilateral Open Skies Agreement of 2002 to facilitate the movement of cargo more efficiently and profitably.

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and Secretary of Civil Aviation G S Withanage signed the agreement, which strengthens global express delivery cargo networks.

US Embassy in Colombo said the agreement will also enhance bilateral connectivity and competitiveness, and facilitates economic growth and job creation.

“This amendment to our bilateral Open Skies Agreement further strengthens the robust and longstanding trade relationship between the US and Sri Lanka,” Ambassador Keshap said.

“As Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner, the United States seeks economic growth that provides employment and opportunity for the citizens of both our nations.”

The signing took place during the 10th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN 2017) held in Colombo from December 4 – 8.

US embassy said within the ICAN 2017 framework, the US is meeting with over a dozen countries and agreed in principle on amendments to two existing aviation agreements to expand rights for US carriers to include key seventh-freedom rights for all-cargo operations.

This year’s ICAN also provides a venue to discuss a wide range of civil aviation issues with bilateral partner governments to resolve business issues and to obtain new rights for US carriers.

US Embassy in Colombo further said the US delegation includes representatives from the Departments of State and Transportation.

Courtesy – LBO

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