Mongolia and the U.S. Sign Memorandum of ConsultationsPolitics
Ulaanbaatar, January 25 /MONTSAME/. On January 24 in Washington, D.C., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Richard T. Yoneoka and Mongolian State Secretary of the Ministry of Road and Transport Development Batbold Sandagdorj signed a Memorandum of Consultations (MOC) finalizing an Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States and the Government of Mongolia – the first bilateral air transport agreement negotiated by the two countries. The MOC acknowledges that the aeronautical authorities of the countries intend to apply the agreement on the basis of comity and reciprocity pending its entry into force.
The Agreement establishes a
modern civil aviation relationship with Mongolia consistent with U.S. Open Skies
international aviation policy. It includes unrestricted capacity and frequency
of services, open route rights, a liberal charter regime, and open code-sharing
opportunities. After both countries complete their internal procedures, the
Agreement will be signed and brought into force.
This Agreement with Mongolia will immediately expand our strong economic and commercial partnership, promote people-to-people ties, and create new opportunities for airlines, travel companies, and customers. Air carriers can provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air services to travelers and shippers, promoting tourism and commerce. The Agreement also commits both governments to high standards of aviation safety and security.
The new Agreement will build on a framework of U.S. Open Skies agreements with over 130 other partners that enable U.S. air carriers to operate and expand flight networks far beyond America’s borders and connect the U.S. economy to growing markets abroad.
Source: US Embassy in Mongolia