Commentary

Trump Strikes Major Victory on Trade: Brings Qatar to Table on Open Skies Agreement

By Ken Blackwell | January 29, 2018 | 12:09pm EST
Emirates airliner (Screenshot)

Ensuring that our trade agreements are enforced was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. Now, the President struck a major victory on that front by bringing Qatar to the table and ensuring their compliance with the Open Skies Agreement between our two countries.

BloombergPolitics reports: “Qatar Airways will commit to greater financial transparency and to not run any indirect flights to the U.S. through other countries… .” Greater transparency and the adoption of international norms will help to put an end to the massive subsidization of Qatar Airways by the Qatari government.

This is a great start to trade fairness and the first shot across the bow of the United Arab Emirates who continue to violate their Open Skies Agreement, threatening American jobs, with the heavy subsidization of their airlines, Etihad and Emirates. The world is taking notice that President Trump means business when it comes to taking on trade cheaters.

Ken Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

 

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