India allows Imran Khan's aircraft to use airspace for travel to Sri Lanka

WHAT?

The Indian govt has allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aircraft to use its airspace for his upcoming travel to Sri Lanka, sources have said. Pakistan PM Khan will arrive in Sri Lanka on Feb 22 on a two-day official state visit.

WHY?

Imran Khan, who will be the first head of state to visit the country since the Covid-19 pandemic, is scheduled to hold talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena during the visit.

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On denial of overflight clearance for a VVIP special flight by Pakistan, the MEA had said Pakistan was deviating from well-established international practice.

India had also taken up the denial of permission to VVIP flight with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Sri Lanka had earlier reportedly cancelled Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s planned address to its Parliament during his visit to Colombo.