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Tunisia Suspends All Emirates Airlines Flights After UAE Bars Women Travellers

Tunisia Suspends All Emirates Airlines Flights After UAE Bars Women Travellers

Emirates airline has been banned from landing in the capital of Tunisia after preventing a number of Tunisian women from boarding its flights.

The transport ministry said the measure would stay in place until Emirates was able to "operate flights in accordance with law and global agreements".

On Friday, Emirates Airlines had said that based on a directive from the UAE government, female Tunisian nationals would be denied entry to UAE, either for visiting or transit and therefore Tunisian women would also not be allowed to board Emirates Airlines flights towards Dubai.

The officials of the Tunisian government said the UAE had barred the flying or transiting of Tunisian women through its territory.

As per UAE, the delay was caused by "security information".




Tunisia has been trying to fix diplomatic ties with the UAE damaged by its 2011 revolution and after the Islamic party Al-Nahda, which has strong links with Qatar, came to power in the North African country.

UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said the two countries had been communicating over "security measure information" without explaining in detail what this meant.

He also said that the UAE "appreciates and respects Tunisian women", adding that "we should avoid attempts at interpretation and errors".

Meanwhile, according to Al Ain news, Tunisian presidency spokesperson Saeeda Qureshi said, "The measures that the UAE took regarding travel of Tunisian women, are considered part of their sovereignty procedures, and not a sign of a trust crisis between the two countries". The rights group called it a "racist and discriminatory" measure.

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