Published: 2017-12-25 11:54
Last Updated: 2017-12-25 12:51
Tunisia announced it will ban flights of the United Emirates carrier from landing in its territories, after the latter prevented several Tunisian women from boarding the airline’s flights in Tunis on Friday.
Tunisia's Transport Ministry wrote on Facebook that they "decided to suspend flights of Emirates Airlines to and from Tunisia until the company can find a suitable solution to operate its flights in accordance with international laws and treaties."
While several Tunisian women said their journeys to the UAE were delayed and some noted that their visas had to undergo additional examination, human rights groups and activists in Tunisia condemned the racist and discriminatory measures.
However, the UAE said "security information" had caused the delays, after lifting the ban on Friday.
"We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures," Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said on Sunday.
"We highly value Tunisian women and respect them," he added.