Tunisia suspends Emirates flights after ban targets women

25 December, 2017, 19:11 | Author: Jason Torres
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The country's transport ministry announced it has suspended Emirates flights to Tunis until the airline finds the appropriate solution to operate flights "in accordance with global law and agreements", reported the Guardian.

Tunisia's foreign ministry called for the envoy on Friday in the wake of the sudden ban on Tunisian women entering the UAE, the state-run TAP news agency reported.

"We should avoid misleading attempts".

Tunisia on Monday suspended Emirates Airlines flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab Emirates targeting women from the north African country.

A spokeswoman for the Tunisian presidency, Saida Garrach, said that UAE carrier Emirates had received "clear instructions" to deny Tunisian women access to its planes.

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Amid growing anger, Tunisia suspended Emirates airlines flights to Tunis.

Citing unnamed security concerns, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week banned several Tunisian women from boarding its national airline's flights to the country, or even transiting through its territory, according to Tunisian government officials. 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.

As Tunisian passengers started to be turned away at the Emirati airports, many Tunisian social media users took to Twitter to denounce the "discriminatory" move.

Tunisia has been trying to improve relations with the UAE that were damaged by its 2011 revolution.

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