Tunisia bans Emirates from landing in Tunis

Kristopher Drake
December 25, 2017

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 agency quoted the Emirati diplomat as saying that the measures were "temporary and relating to security arrangements" and that the ban had been lifted.

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". Tunisian rights groups issued a statement on Saturday condemning the UAE measures as "discriminatory and racist".

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

He also said that the UAE "appreciates and respects Tunisian women", adding that "we should avoid attempts at interpretation and errors".

Tunisian media had reported that some Tunisian women were barred from boarding flights to Dubai.

A number of Tunisian women said in recent days that their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had to undergo additional examination of their visas. "They [Emirates Airlines staff] told me that a Tunisian woman under the age of 30, with a Tunisian passport, can't get on the Emirates flight", she said. "It's degrading to the Tunisian woman, to our nationality - to everything".

Tunisia summoned UAE's ambassador on Friday following Emirates' ban.

Subsequently Tunisian civil organisations and political parties called on the government to take action.

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