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Tunisia bans UAE Emirates Airline


UAE carriers were "banned" from landing in Tunisia after Dubai's national carrier Emirates refused boarding to Tunisian women under the age of 30.

Emirates Airlines announced on Sunday that it will stop its flights between Tunis and Dubai starting Monday, December 25.

While the UAE said that "security information" had caused the original delays, and that the temporary ban had already been lifted, Tunisia's transport ministry said that the landing-ban would stay in place until the UAE was able to "operate flights in accordance with law and worldwide agreements".

The transport ministry said the measure would stay in place until Emirates was able to "operate flights in accordance with law and worldwide agreements".

Zeabi reportedly said the measure was "temporary and relating to security arrangements". Tunisian civil organizations and political parties called on the government to act. The reason for this ban is that some Tunisian women were not allowed to board the flights of Emirates, thus causing this issue.


UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said the two countries had been communicating over "security measure information" without explaining in detail what this meant.

"We should avoid misleading attempts. 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.

The move comes amid widespread anger in Tunisia, with rights groups condemning "racist and discriminatory" measures.

The Tunisian government said on Friday it had asked the UAE ambassador for clarification, adding the envoy said the decision was for only a short period and the restrictions had been lifted.

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