Athens and Mongolia signed a bilateral aviation agreement paving the way for further cooperation between the two countries.
The deal was signed this week by Greek Transport Minister Christos Staikouras and his Mongolian counterpart Byambatsogt Sandag.
“Mongolia is a country of geostrategic importance, a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), connected to the EU through a strategic partnership agreement, and it cooperates with NATO,” said Staikouras, adding that the agreement was the result of extensive diplomatic negotiations.
Once ratified by the Greek Parliament, the deal will “provide momentum to further build mutually beneficial partnerships in the aviation sector,” said Staikouras.
Among others, the Bilateral Aviation Agreement between Greece and Mongolia foresees, the possibility for companies of the contracting parties to acquire the right of movement from all points in the territory of the contracting parties, as well as all intermediate points and beyond them.
“The agreement comes to strengthen the bilateral contractual framework and to release the potential of our bilateral relations,” said Staikouras.
The deal comes after the two countries agreed to lift visa requirements for diplomatic and official passports and the finalization of a Memorandum of Tourism Cooperation, the ratification of which was completed by Greece last year and is now in force.
Also attending the meeting Deputy Transport Minister Christina Alexopoulou said the agreement to further develop ties with Mongolia in transport establishes Greece as a hub in Europe, Africa and Arab countries and confirms the country’s decisive role in transport in the Balkans and Southeastern Europe.