File - A Middle East Airlines jet is seen parked in the tarmac of Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Thursday, July 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Zeaiter expressed surprise Wednesday at the European Union's warning that it would ban Lebanese carriers from flying over Europe if the government does not appoint the committee which oversees aviation safety.Zeaiter questioned why the EU ambassador insisted on implementing law 481 now, although the bill was issued in 2002 .Zeaiter stressed that Rafik Hariri International Airport applies all the required safety measures.Zeaiter said his ministry and the civil aviation department were ready to cooperate with European and U.S. authorities to upgrade the safety measures at the airport.
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