Published: Mon, December 25, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women

UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women

Tunisia's transport ministry said in a statement that the Arab carrier would be suspended until it found a way to operate according to global law and treaties.

UAE authorities had denied all female Tunisian nationals entry into the country under a "temporary" travel restriction.

Since December 22, Tunisian females have been delayed for hours while trying to access planes heading to the UAE, over "clear instructions" given to the UAE air carrier Emirates.

Meanwhile, according to Al Ain news, Tunisian presidency spokesperson Saeeda Qureshi said, "The measures that the UAE took regarding travel of Tunisian women, are considered part of their sovereignty procedures, and not a sign of a trust crisis between the two countries".

The Tunisian president's spokeswoman, Saidra Qrash, said that security agencies in some countries have warned recently that a number of Tunisian women, or women who carry Tunisian passports, have returned from Syria and Iraq where they had fought with ISIS, reported Gulf News.

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

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"We highly value Tunisian women and respect them", he added, without elaborating", the UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash, said, in a Twitter post.

"We should avoid misleading attempts".

Amid growing anger, Tunisia suspended Emirates airlines flights to Tunis.

This prompted widespread angry reactions on social media and media outlets in Tunisia, with the rights groups condemning the measures as "discriminatory and racist".

Tunisia had expressed its understanding of the UAE concerns, he said.

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