Tunisia bans Emirates from landing in Tunis

Tunisia bans Emirates from landing in Tunis

In Tunisia anger has been building after women said they had been banned at Tunis airport from boarding Emirates flights to Dubai. Another tweet called out Jennifer Aniston, who has appeared in Emirates ads, asking, "As women, I wonder what's your opinion of banning Tunisian women's [sic] ... because you are their media face?"

The UAE has information that Tunisian women or women traveling on Tunisian passports might commit "terrorist acts" in the Gulf country, Tunisia's state news agency said on Sunday.

Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash tweeted on Sunday that it was security alone that dictated the move, and that the "UAE are proud of our experience in empowering women, we appreciate and respect Tunisian women and value their pioneering experience".

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President Beji Caid Essebsi also said that the rights of Tunisian women could not to be violated "whatever the justification".

Tunisian MP Iyed Dahmani said that the decision was unacceptable and they were ready to take countermeasures.

The Tunisian transport ministry said in a statement earlier that Emirates flights would be suspended until the UAE airline found a way to operate according to worldwide law and treaties.

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The Tunisian government said their officials had to intervene on a number of occasions to help female passengers stranded in its capital Tunis and in Abu Dhabi.

The airline wrote: "Emirates will stop services between Tunis and Dubai, as instructed by the Tunisian authorities, with effect from December 25, 2017".

A Tunisian foreign ministry spokesman told The New Arab on Friday that sudden ban would be dealt with "to maintain the dignity of Tunisians".

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