Tunisia bans Emirates flights over women security measures

Geneva Matthews
December 25, 2017

Tunisia's state-run news agency TAP quoted the UAE ambassador to Tunisia as saying that the measures were "temporary and relating to security arrangements" and that the travel restrictions have been lifted.

"All Tunisian female nationals are denied entry to the UAE, this also applies to customer transferring Dubai for onward flight", the leaked email said, without clarifying the reason behind the decision.

Tunisia bans UAE airlines from landing in its territory.

The North African country of Tunisia has announced the suspension of all Emirates Airlines flights to and from its nation two days after the United Arab Emirates-based carrier barred women from Tunisia to board their flights to Dubai. A protest was scheduled outside the UAE's embassy in Tunis later in the day.

"The UAE authorities had security information regarding terrorist operations to be carried out by Tunisian women or women carrying Tunisian citizenship".

"We have contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific and circumstantial measures", Gargash wrote on Twitter.

"In the UAE, we are proud of empowering women, we appreciate Tunisian women, and respect them. It's degrading to the Tunisian woman, to our nationality - to everything".

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.

The barring of Tunisian women has caused anger among rights groups and political parties in Tunisia.

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