UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women

25 December, 2017, 16:32 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women

Meanwhile, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that officials from the UAE had met authorities in Tunisia to discuss certain "security information".

The build up to the suspended flights followed anger in Tunisia over repeated reports of Tunisian women being banned from boarding Emirate flights from Tunis to Dubai.

A controversial blanket travel ban on Tunisian women by the UAE has led to angry reactions in Tunis.

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Emirates has given no reason for not allowing female Tunisians to board its flights since Friday.

The Tunisian transport ministry issued a statement saying Emirates flights would be suspended "until the company finds an appropriate solution to operate its flights that follows global laws and treaties". A protest was scheduled outside the UAE's embassy in Tunis later in the day. They called on the Tunisian authorities to take diplomatic measures to reverse the UAE decision, which they described as "thoughtless" and against all diplomatic norms and procedures of global transport. Tunisian rights groups issued a statement on Saturday condemning the UAE measures as "discriminatory and racist".

"We highly value Tunisian women and respect them", he said on Twitter.

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More than 8000 Tunisians are suspected to have fought with ISIL, hundreds of women among them.

A Tunisian foreign ministry spokesman said Friday that the sudden ban would be dealt with "to maintain the dignity of Tunisians".

Subsequently Tunisian civil organisations and political parties called on the government to take action.

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