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U.S.-Lebanon Bilateral Air Transport Agreement of October 13, 1977


October 13, 1977

   
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LEBANON

Air Transport Services

Agreement effected by exchange of notes Signed at Beirut September 24 and October 13, 1977 ;

Entered into force October 13, 1977. The American Ambassador to the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 No. 313

SEPTEMBER 24, 1977

EXCELLENCY :

 I have the honor to refer to the consultations held in Washington between delegations representing the Governments of the United States of America and Lebanon from September 6 to 9, 1977, to discuss various civil aviation matters in accordance with the air transport agreement of September 1, 1972.[1] The delegations reached the following understandings

 A. That for the time being they were not in a position to discussthe long-term requirements of the two Governments .

 B. The U.S. delegation did not believe that new information had been presented which warranted a departure from the Civil Aeronautics Board's recommended decision to the President of the United States, to authorize three frequencies. However, it did feel that based on the traditional friendship between the two countries, and in the interest of reaffirming that friendship, that it would support the Lebanese delegation's representations that a minimum of four weekly frequencies were required by its airline, TMA, in order to maintain all-cargo service on an economical basis between New York and Beirut, using narrow-bodied equipment.

C. That the Government of Lebanon would welcome, on the basisof comity and reciprocity, the resumption of Pan American's service to Beirut.

 D. That if the Government of Lebanon desires to discuss theintroduction of service by MEA during the short-term, consultations between the two Governments would be held. 

E. That since the route rights specified in the route schedule at-tached to the air transport agreement had expired, and that sincecircumstances had changed so greatly, the memorandum of consultation of June 13, 1972, [1] was no longer in effect . The two delegations agreed that this memorandum of consultationshould be confirmed by an exchange of diplomatic notes . These understandings are acceptable to the Government of theUnited States of America. If they are also acceptable to the Government of Lebanon, I have the honor to propose that this note, togetherwith your Excellency's reply to that effect, shall be regarded asconstituting an agreement between our two Governments effective onthe date of your reply. Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highestconsideration.

RICHARD B PARKER RichardB. Parker Ambassador

His Excellency FUAD BOUTROS Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Lebanon The Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador

EXCELLENCY, I have the honor to refer to your note N� 313 dated September 24,1977, concerning the consultations held in Washington between delegations representing the Governments of Lebanon and the UnitedStates of America, from September 6 to 9, 1977, to discuss civil aviation
matters in accordance with our air transport agreement ofSeptember 1, 1972. In your Excellency's note you inform me that the two delegationsreached the following understandings :

A. That for the time being they were not in a position to discussthe long-term requirements of the two Governments. I Not printed .

B. The U.S. delegation did not believe that new information hadbeen presented which warranted a departure from the Civil Aeronautics  Board's recommended decision to the President of the United States, to authorize three frequencies. However, it did feel that based on the traditional friendship between the two countries, and in theinterest of reaffirming that friendship, that it would support theLebanese delegation's representations that a minimum of four weeklyfrequencies were required by its airline, TMA, in order to maintainall-cargo service on an economical basis between New York andBeirut, using narrow-bodied equipment .

C. That the Government of Lebanon would welcome, on the basisof comity and reciprocity, the resumption of Pan American's serviceto Beirut.

D. That if the Government of Lebanon desires to discuss the intro-duction of service by MEA during the short-term, consultationsbetween the two Governments would be held .

E. That since the route rights specified in the route schedule attachedto the air transport agreement had expired, and that since circumstances had changed so greatly, the memorandum of consultationsof dune 13, 1972, was no longer in effect. The two delegations agreed that this memorandum of consultationsshould be confirmed by an exchange of diplomatic notes . I have the honor to inform you that these understandings areacceptable to the Government of the Republic of Lebanon and thatI consider your Excellency's note to me as well as my reply to you,as constituting an agreement between our two Governments effectiveon this date. Accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my high esteem andconsideration. BEYROUTH, 13 Oct. 1977

FUAD BOUTROS Fuad Boutros Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Lebanon His Excellency

RICHARD B. PARKER Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Lebanon Beirut TIAS 8722 U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE; 1978



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