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UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women

UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women
Jay Anderson | 25 December, 2017, 19:12

The Tunisian Ministry of Transport responded on Sunday by suspending all of Emirates Airlines' flights to the country, "until [Emirates] can find a suitable solution to operate its flights in accordance with global laws and treaties".

That triggered angry reactions on social media and media outlets in Tunisia.

A number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo an additional examination of their visas.

The build up to the suspended flights followed anger in Tunisia over repeated reports of Tunisian women being banned from boarding Emirate flights from Tunis to Dubai.

Tunisia has suspended flights operated by Emirates due to a public uproar over security measures aimed at women from the north African country.




"We should avoid misleading attempts".

According to the spokesperson, the Emirates, UAE's air carrier, has received "clear instructions" to block access to Tunisian women to their planes, with passengers only receiving the explanation that females with a Tunisian passport were not allowed to travel to the Arabian country.

"We respect and value the Tunisian woman and recognize her pioneering role", he added, while calling against speculation that would create misunderstandings. The close ties between Tunisia and Qatar as well as the existence of Muslim brotherhood in Tunisia are all issues that put Tunis and Abu Dhabi at loggerheads, especially at times when the UAE gears its foreign policy to countering political Islam at home and overseas.

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.

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