Ambassador Haidari Discusses Need for Direct Kabul-Colombo Flight with Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation

Ambassador Haidari Discusses Need for Direct Kabul-Colombo Flight with Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation
Colombo: - Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari called on the Sri Lankan Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga today. They discussed the Afghanistan-Sri Lanka Air Services Agreement, under which a direct Kabul-Colombo flight could be initiated, facilitating bilateral tourism and trade. Despite certain challenges, the Minister suggested that the Sri Lankan Airlines or an external operator could consider a direct Kabul-Colombo flight given the demand potentional and interest on both sides to see this materialize. 

Ambassador Haidari highlighted the promotion and development of land, air and sea connectivity as one of the top priorities of President Ashraf Ghani. Minister Ranatunga welcomed the air corridors initiative of Afghanistan, fostering regional connectivity for trade and investment. They also explored opportunities for technical cooperation, including training programs for the Afghan personnel of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. 

As a former cricket player and the 1996 Cricket World Cup 
winning captain for Sri Lanka, Minister Ranatunga praised the rise of the Afghan cricketers, which Ambassador Haidari appreciated and sought the Minister's advice on building closer cricket ties between the Afghan and Sri Lankan cricket teams with a focus on capacity-building at the junior level.
 
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