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UAE says has no plans to suspend Syria flights

Gulf state says Emirates, Etihad will continue to fly amid Arab League sanctions

UAE says has no plans to suspend Syria flights
Emirates and Eithad will continue flights to Syria, said Dubai press office

The UAE has no plans to suspend
flights to Syria, a top official said on Wednesday, after the government of
Dubai's press office earlier said airlines were preparing a halt in line with Arab
League sanctions

Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri,
chairman of the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority and also the economy
minister, said the UAE was committed to Arab League resolutions on Syria.

"[The minister] affirmed that
as matters stand, the UAE airlines have no intention of suspending flights to
Syria," said a statement from the Dubai press office.

On Wednesday morning the Dubai
government press office's Twitter feed had posted that UAE airlines were
preparing to suspend the flights in line with sanctions that the Arab League
imposed on Syria over its military crackdown on an uprising.

Dubai, one of the seven emirates
that make up the UAE, is its main travel hub. UAE airlines Emirates and Etihad
are among the biggest carriers in the region.

The Arab League has announced a
number of economic measures against Syria, but has not said publicly that these
sanctions would require a ban on flights. Turkey, which imposed its own
sanctions on Syria on Wednesday, explicitly said its measures did not include a
flight ban.

The tweet was no longer visible on
the Dubai press office's feed following the statement from the minister.

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