Tunisia bans Emirates flights over women security measures

Tunisia bans Emirates flights over women security measures

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.

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

Many Tunisian social media users slammed the move, accusing the UAE of discrimination against women.

"In the UAE, we are proud of empowering women, we appreciate Tunisian women, and respect them".

The UAE has information that Tunisian women or women traveling on Tunisian passports might commit "terrorist acts" in the Gulf country, Tunisia's state news agency said on Sunday.

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In Tunisia anger has been building after women said they had been banned at Tunis airport from boarding Emirates flights to Dubai.

The Tunisian transport ministry said it has ordered the suspension of Emirates flights to Tunis "until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with global law and agreements".

Al Jazeera reported that on one Tunisian radio station, a journalist said, "Backwardness can't be cured with high-rise towers, a French Louvre museum or man-made islands". "[Emirates Airlines employees] told me that a Tunisian woman under the age of 30, with a Tunisian passport, can't get on the Emirates flight".

"We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures", UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on his Twitter account. A date has not yet been set as to when Emirates will be allowed to resume operations to and from Tunisia.

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