New Indian ambassador to UAE; India delays flights

Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 2 December 2021: Alya Mohamed Almehrezi, Assistant Undersecretary for Protocols Affairs Office at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation received a copy of the credentials of Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to the UAE.

Almehrezi wished the Ambassador success in the performance of his duties and in enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the UAE and India.

The newly appointed Ambassador expressed his pleasure at representing his country in the United Arab Emirates, which enjoys a prestigious regional and international position thanks to the visionary policy of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

India puts off resumption of regular international flights

Meanwhile, India has put off its decision to resume regular, scheduled international flights from 15th December “in view of the evolving global scenario with the emergence of new Coronavirus variants of concern.”

Neeraj Kumar, Director of Regulation and Information at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) here, revised his own order of 26th November and announced today that “an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course.”

Kumar’s revised order said the change in plans was the result of consultations with all stakeholders after watching the situation closely. Following the outbreak of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 infections in several parts of the world, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked senior officials to review the plans for ending a 21-month ban on scheduled international flights.

Subsequently, a meeting called by India’s Home Secretary, Ajay Bhalla, took a closer look at the matter. Today, the Ministry of Civil Aviation concurred with the DGCA’s decision to keep the reopening plan for regular international flights in abeyance.

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