Qatar and Iran sign bilateral agreement to link Doha & Tehran FIR

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Qatar and Iran have signed a bilateral agreement for operations to link Doha Flight Information Region (FIR), which was established in accordance with ICAO resolution, with the Tehran FIR in Iran.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Mohamed Faleh Alhajri, who is in charge of managing the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and HE Mohammad Mohammadi-Bakhsh, Head of the Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) of Iran.

The ceremony was attended by Minister of Transport HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti and Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development HE Rostam Ghasemi. Qatar’s Ambassador to Iran HE Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Hajri, Director of Asian Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE Yousef Sultan Larem, and several senior transportation officials were also present.

Both sides attended a series of meetings aimed at reinforcing cooperation in the transportation industry, particularly in maritime transportation, with the goal of reactivating Qatar-Iran maritime transportation and port management, as well as all matters regarding removing all barriers to help further boost and facilitate transportation and trade between harbors of the two countries. Investment opportunities in the ports sector were also covered.

The establishment of the Doha FIR reduces Bahrain’s existing airspace, and stretches out east towards the UAE, and north towards Iran. Doha FIR was approved last month by ICAO council member countries, which include the United States, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

It aims the development of the country’s air navigation system and increase the efficiency of Qatar’s navigational devices, as well as training and developing the skills of controllers on how to deal with the new equipment.

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