UAE says 'security info' behind Tunisian women travel ban

25 December, 2017, 16:32 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Tunisia has barred Emirates Airlines flights from landing in its territory.

The Ministry of Transport said the measure would stay in place until Emirates was able to operate flights in accordance with the law and worldwide agreements.

The move comes two days after a number of Tunisian women were prevented from boarding their flights to Dubai on the United Arab Emirates-based carrier.

Tunisia has been making an effort to fix the otherwise strained diplomatic ties with the UAE.

Tunisia's state-run news agency TAP quoted the UAE ambassador to Tunisia as saying that the measures were "temporary and relating to security arrangements" and that the travel restrictions have been lifted.


According to the email, the only exceptions to this directive were females who hold Tunisian diplomatic passports or those with valid UAE residential visas.

But Tunisian official Garrach insisted that while his country could understand the UAE's concerns, it cannot "accept the way Tunisian women have been treated".

"We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures", Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said on Twitter on Sunday. "In the UAE, where we are proud of our experience in empowering women, we appreciate Tunisian women, respect them and value their pioneering experience", the tweet read.

More than 8000 Tunisians are suspected to have fought with ISIL, hundreds of women among them.

The barring of Tunisian women has caused anger among rights groups and political parties in Tunisia.

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