File- A Middle East Airlines aircraft lands at Beirut International Airport, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Iraqi Transport Minister Hadi al-Amiri arrived in Beirut over the weekend to address the recent incident in which a Middle East Airlines plane was forced to return to the Lebanese capital midflight to collect his son.Hout said his company welcomed Amiri's visit and announced that MEA just opened a new Beirut-Basra route, which, he said, will run an average of two flights per week.He also said last week's incident did not affect Lebanese-Iraqi ties and that MEA continued its flights as usual to Baghdad.
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