MEA chairman Mohammad Hout, left, hands a gift to Mohammad Choukeir, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Beirut, Thursday, May 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst said Thursday that the EU's threat to ban Lebanese carriers from flying over Europe if a national civil aviation regulatory authority is not formed soon was aimed at encouraging authorities to implement safety measures.In a statement, the EU slammed remarks by Transportation Minister Ghazi Zeaiter, who has questioned the motives behind the EU's warning.The statement said the International Civil Aviation Organization has constructively engaged with the Lebanese authorities, seeking guarantees about the oversight mechanisms for aviation safety in Lebanon. The EU has repeatedly called on Lebanon to implement Law 481, passed in 2002, which calls for establishing an independent civil aviation authority.
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