Qatar Courts ICAO To Move from Montreal to Doha

 - May 6, 2013, 1:15 PM

Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird said he was caught off guard by a recent proposal by the Qatar government inviting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to move its headquarters from Montreal to Doha. He said the wealthy Middle East nation is offering a significant amount of money to convince the United Nations’ aviation regulating body to consider the move. No one mentioned the proposal to Baird on a recent visit to Doha before the announcement. ICAO has been based in Montreal since 1946.