Tunisia suspends Emirates flights over UAE's women security measures

Dec 25, 2017, 14:36
Tunisia suspends Emirates flights over UAE's women security measures

Tunisia has banned the Emirates airline from landing in the capital Tunis, after a number of Tunisian women were prevented from boarding its flights.

The Tunisian transport ministry issued a statement saying Emirates flights would be suspended "until the company finds an appropriate solution to operate its flights that follows global laws and treaties".

Tunisia's transport ministry said in a statement that the Arab carrier would be suspended until it found a way to operate according to global law and treaties.

Tunisian government officials said the UAE had banned Tunisian women from flying to or transiting through its territory.

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"We have met with our brothers in Tunisia about security information that has imposed specific and circumstantial measures", he said.

That triggered angry reactions on social media and media outlets in Tunisia. The airline wrote: "Emirates will stop services between Tunis and Dubai, as instructed by the Tunisian authorities, with effect from December 25, 2017".

On Sunday evening he said "security information" had caused the delays to the passengers' flights and that both countries were in contact about the measures.

He added that the UAE valued and respected Tunisian women. "They [Emirates Airlines staff] told me that a Tunisian woman under the age of 30, with a Tunisian passport, can't get on the Emirates flight", she said.

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"We should avoid misleading attempts at misinterpretation and misrepresentation", Dr Gargash said.

The Tunisian government said on Friday it had asked the UAE ambassador for clarification, adding the envoy said the decision was for only a short period and the restrictions had been lifted.

The move comes amid widespread anger in Tunisia, with rights groups condemning it as being racist and discriminatory.

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