Emirates stops flying to Tunisia

UAE Denies Entry to Female Tunisians

UAE Denies Entry to Female Tunisians

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".

"We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

The Dubai carrier, however, didn't disclose the reason behind the Tunisian authorities decision.

Earlier on Friday, the Tunisian ministry of transport condemned the move as "illegal" and "contradictory to the regulations in force in global civil aviation".

Two days before, Tunisian government officials said the UAE banned Tunisian women from flying to or transiting through its territory.

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"So the daughter and the mum stay in Tunisia but the husband and son can travel".

Imed Daimi, the leader of the Harak Tounes al-Irada party, struck a harsher tone. The decision applied to women and girls of all ages.

"The move seems to be political and its aim is to put pressure on Tunisia to fall in line on Arab issues", he added. The reports sparked angry reactions from Tunisians online as well as in the country's media.

Relations between Qatar on one hand and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt on the other have been severed since June after the four Arab countries accused Doha of backing "terror" groups in the region, a charge denied by Qatar.

In February, the UAE lifted visa restrictions on Tunisians that had been imposed two years earlier.

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