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UK lifts embargo on direct air cargo from Dhaka

Staff Writer |
Nine days after Boris Johnson dropped a broad hint that the end was very close, Britain has lifted an embargo on direct cargo flights from Dhaka.

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The decision was announced by British High Commissioner Alison Blake at a media briefing at Shahjalal International Airport.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal and Civil Aviation Association of Bangladesh member Mostafizur Rahman were also present at the event.

Blake provided the minister with an official notice of the decision. The ban has been removed after Bangladesh met several “important” security conditions, said the British envoy.

"The lifting of the suspension comes as a result of ongoing cooperation between the UK and Bangladesh and the Joint Assessment of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport."

She said they look forward to continue working with Bangladesh on “ensuring aviation is safe for all who travel."

The UK had suspended direct air cargo from Shahjalal International Airport citing security reasons from March 2016.

Bangladesh later hired a British company to improve the security mechanism. It has since been waiting for the ban to go.

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