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Tunisia suspends Emirates Airlines over security measures targetting women

A number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo an additional examination of their visas

AFP | PTI  |  Tunis 

Emirates Airlines

on Monday suspended Airlines flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab targeting women from the north African country.

The transport ministry said it had "decided to suspend" flights to "until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with and agreements".

A number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the state on airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo an additional examination of their visas.

That triggered angry reactions on and media outlets in

The said Sunday that "security information" had caused the delays on Tunisian women from boarding flights to the state.

"We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures," Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter.

"We should avoid misleading attempts... We highly value Tunisian women and respect them," he said, without elaborating.

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

Despite the clarification, Tunisian rights groups issued a statement on Saturday condemning the UAE measures as "discriminatory and racist".

has been trying to repair diplomatic ties with the UAE damaged by its 2011 revolution and after the Islamic party Al-Nahda, which has strong links with Qatar, came to power in the North African country.

Relations between on one hand and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and on the other have been severed since June after the four Arab countries accused Doha of backing "terror" groups in the region, a charge denied by

First Published: Mon, December 25 2017. 09:32 IST
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