A Tunisian woman shows her passport and her inked finger in the Tunisian consulate in Paris (AFP)
CAIRO – 25 December 2017: The United Arab Emirates announced the banning of all Emirati flights to and from Tunisia until further notice from the Tunisian authorities, Jordan’s news agency PETRA revealed on Monday.
Hatem Ferjani, Tunisian secretary of state to the minister of foreign affairs for economic diplomacy, flew to the UAE upon a direct request from Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed to discuss the recent diplomatic problem between Tunis and Abu Dhabi. They will discuss banning Tunisian women from going to the UAE, according to Tunisian local media reports published Monday.
On Sunday, the Tunisian Ministry of Transport announced that it had decided to suspend flights of Emirates airline to and from Tunisia until it can find an appropriate solution that would allow them to resume service in accordance with international laws and conventions.
This measure comes as a result of the ban on Tunisian women flying to or transiting through the UAE's territory. No reason was given for either decision and there was no immediate comment from the UAE.
“We [UAE] and our Tunisian brothers have obtained security information that forced us to set specific measures,” UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday.
Gargash noted that the UAE is proud of “empowering women” in general and “Tunisian women” in particular.
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