Yemen, UAE ink aviation cooperation deal
Yemen on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United Arab Emirates to enhance cooperation on the aviation security and increase flights between the two countries, state-run Saba news agency reported.
According the MOU, the two governments will exchange information on aviation-related security and the Dubai carriers airline will add four weekly flights to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and other Yemeni airports, Xinhua reported.
On Dec. 10, 2010, United Arab Emirates lifted a ban on Yemen's cargo flights over a suspension imposed after the detection of Yemeni al-Qaida-designed parcel bombs in cargo planes via Dubai late October, according to Saba.
"The decision was made after a visit by a UAE security team to Yemeni airports of Sanaa, Aden, Mukalla and Sayon," Saba quoted President of the UAE General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology Hamed Ahmed Farag as saying.
Some countries imposed bans on the passenger flights or the cargo planes from Yemen as precautionary measures after the attempts to mail parcel bombs from Yemen to targets in the U.S. were foiled at the end of last October in airports of Dubai and London.
The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) later claimed responsibility for the plots and vowed to launch more terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies.