Tunisia suspends Emirates airlines from its territory

The announcement to suspend flights came two days after Tunisian government officials said the UAE had banned Tunisian woman from flying to or transiting through its territory.

Tunisia suspends Emirates airlines from its territory

World Bulletin / News Desk

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

The transport ministry said it had "decided to suspend" Emirates flights to Tunis "until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with international law and agreements".

A number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo additional examination of their visas.

That triggered angry reactions on social media and media outlets in Tunisia.

The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that "security information" had caused the delays of Tunisian women from boarding flights to the Gulf state.

"We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures," UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

"We highly value Tunisian women and respect them," he said, without elaborating.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Aralık 2017, 10:09