FM Mahat requests EU to lift ban on Nepali airlines

Published On: February 16, 2017 01:05 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat requested the European Union to lift the ban imposed by the EU on Nepali airlines.

Minister Mahat had a meeting with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and briefed about the progress Nepal has made in aviation safety. According to Mission of Nepal in Brussels, the Commission President Juncker assured of looking into the matter positively based upon the facts to be provided by the Government of Nepal.

Acknowledging the EU's support to Nepal's development efforts in areas such as human and social development, agriculture and trade, Minister Mahat also requested for an enhanced level of support in infrastructure building and skills development. He also called for an increased support for post-earthquake reconstruction to help meet resources gap particularly in housing grant, education and health.

Commission President Juncker said that the EU would consider the possibility of enhancing support and cooperation in the areas as requested.

Earlier, Mahat had a meeting with EU Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini.

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