Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Iran holds in the air the plane of Angela Merkel

Berlin. .- The Iranian authorities have held this morning for two hours in the air the official aircraft of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on her way to India for an official trip. The Airbus A-340 of the Foreign Minister and his delegation was forced to return and fly over Turkish airspace to receive permission to cross the territory of Iran, said Steffen Seibert, official government spokesman Germany.

"Never before had an incident like this," said Seibert, who said that it took an hour of intense negotiations by the Germany Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the mediation of Turkey, Iran to finally authorize Merkel's plane Iran's airspace. He added that before starting the trip last night the German authorities had sought all necessary permission for the aircraft to conduct its normal flight, which seems to deny the Iranian authorities.

Merkel's plane was authorized at the last minute because, otherwise, would have been forced to make a stopover in Turkey forced to refuel at the lack of fuel. Interestingly a second plane carrying German officers the rest of the German delegation to participate in the first Indo-German summit easily crossed the airspace of Iran and made the trip as usual.

The plane of the head of government Germany, Konrad Adenauer named in honor of the first federal chancellor, covered his first flight after being refurbished in the workshops of the German company Lufthansa in Hamburg. The German chancellor chaired by formal consultations with India, which starts today and which will be discussed mainly on energy policy, economic and financial.

Merkel will also propaganda of the European fighter aircraft built jointly Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Italy to the Indian authorities, whose air forces are interested in the purchase of 126 aircraft.

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