Tunisia suspends Emirates Airlines flights

25 December, 2017, 14:40 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • An Emirates Airbus A380 takes off from Toulouse Blagnac airport

On Friday, Emirates Airlines had said that based on a directive from the UAE government, female Tunisian nationals would be denied entry to UAE, either for visiting or transit and therefore Tunisian women would also not be allowed to board Emirates Airlines flights towards Dubai.

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

"We have met with the brothers in Tunisia for security information as they have imposed specific and circumstantial measures".

Initially the Tunisian authorities were reacting to claims that the Emirates action was discriminatory and racial but reports now suggest Tunisia has been made aware of credible intelligence which led to the action by the Gulf carrier. The airline wrote: "Emirates will stop services between Tunis and Dubai, as instructed by the Tunisian authorities, with effect from December 25, 2017".

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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 worldwide laws and treaties".

The United Arab Emirates commented Sunday saying "security information" had caused the delays on Tunisian women from boarding flights to the Gulf state. "We will avoid attempts at misinterpretation and misrepresentation".

He added, "We highly value Tunisian women and respect them", he added. When the Tunisian government demanded an explanation from UAE ambassador, they said that this measure was just temporary and it has been lifted.

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