Qatar has abandoned its effort to move ICAO from Montreal: John Baird

MONTREAL – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Qatar has abandoned an effort to move the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization out of Montreal.

Baird says on Twitter that the Gulf state has withdrawn its bid.

Qatar had wanted to move the headquarters, starting in 2016.

The organization has been in Montreal since it was founded in 1947.

Qatar’s offer would have needed the approval of at least 60 per cent of the 191 member states.