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Iran's Parliament to find solution to dispute over new airport

Tehran, May 10, IRNA -- Majlis representatives have been assigned to discuss the controversial dispute over commissioning of Imam Khomeini International Airport.

photo: ISNA

Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi said that he had assigned member of Parliamentary Commission on Development Mohsen Nariman and member of Commission on National Security and Foreign Affairs Alaeddin Borujerdi to explore ways for settlement of the controversy which led to closure of the international airport.

The two MPs are expected to talk with both Minister of Roads and Transport Ahmad Khorram and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi for a settlement of the dispute over services to passengers flying or landing at the airport.

Nariman said, "We will make efforts to provide a report to the Majlis speaker within two days."

photo: ISNA

"Some 3,600 billion rials has been spent on inauguration of the airport. There had been coordination between the Ministry of Roads and Transport and the Armed Forces so far, but, presence of a foreign firm had caused a tension. The foreign firm (for maintenance of the airport) will no longer be present in the airport," Nariman said.

"Minister of Roads and Transport has declared that the ministry as nullified the contract with the Turkish firm, so there was no place for the controversy," he said.

The first airplane landed at the airport in coordination with the Armed Forces, but, coming home from Dubai of national flag carrier, Iran Air, was the beginning of the controversy, Nariman explained.

"Apparently, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) blamed lack of security for its objection to operation of the airport. So, differences emerged between the Ministry of Roads and Transport and the Armed Forces."

"The dispute caused wandering of the airplane bound to land at Imam Khomeini airport, so, Iran Air pilot steered the plane to Isfahan airport on his own initiative," Nariman said.

"We have heard that several vehicles had been placed on the runway of the airport to prevent Iran Air passenger plane from landing at Imam Khomeini Airport and several jet fighters flew in the sky to escort the passenger plane out of the area. This news has not been confirmed yet," he said.

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