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96/11/12 Statement: U.S. Concludes Civil Aviation Agreement With Jordan
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement by Glyn Davies/Acting Spokesman
November 12, 1996
U.S. Concludes Civil Aviation Agreement With Jordan
On November 10, 1996, the United States and Jordan concluded a civil
aviation agreement that will fully liberalize air traffic between our
two countries. This Open Skies agreement, signed in Jordan by U.S.
Ambassador Wesley Egan and the Jordanian Minister of Transportation,
Nasir al-Lawzi, advances U.S. international aviation interests and
further strengthens the close and friendly relations between our two
countries. It is the first Open Skies accord in the Middle East Region
and the first with an aviation partner outside of Europe. By signing
this agreement, Jordan demonstrates its commitment to economic
liberalization and its forward-leaning economic vision. We hope this
agreement will be a precursor of other Open Skies agreements in the
Middle East and elsewhere.
Both the U.S. and Jordan will benefit from this agreement, which has
been enthusiastically endorsed by U.S. airlines, trade associations, and
airports. A major U.S. carrier already has plans to serve Jordan via
code share arrangements with its European partner made possible by this
agreement. Other airlines may follow suit. This should result in more
frequent and better scheduled service between our two countries.
Jordan should benefit from increased business activity, including
tourism and foreign investment, as visitors take advantage of the
increased travel opportunities to visit Jordan.
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