The State Department intends to hold “informal, technical discussions” with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar next month regarding the ongoing dispute over Gulf airlines’ funding and access to the U.S. market. Interestingly The State Department on Monday said it takes seriously the competition claims raised by some U.S. airlines. But it also remains committed to its “open skies” aviation policy. So the US State Department isn’t planning to move to formally renegotiate its open skies air treaties or freeze new flights to the US – as such these talks seem to be a token gesture to allow the Middle

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