Tunisia Suspends All Emirates Airlines Flights After UAE Bars Women Travellers

UAE Denies Entry to Female Tunisians

UAE briefly imposes travel ban on Tunisian women

The UAE's Minister of State For Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter that both countries had been in discussion about the "security measure information".

On its part, the Social Democratic Path Party, a partner in the government of Youssef Chahed, has denounced in an official statement what it called the discriminatory and arbitrary UAE decision that targets Tunisian women and offends the Tunisian people as a whole. "They [Emirates Airlines staff] told me that a Tunisian woman under the age of 30, with a Tunisian passport, can't get on the Emirates flight", she said.

"We have met with the brothers in Tunisia for security information as they have imposed specific and circumstantial measures".

The move comes two days after a number of Tunisian women were prevented from boarding their flights to Dubai on the United Arab Emirates-based carrier.

He also said that the UAE "appreciates and respects Tunisian women", adding that "we should avoid attempts at interpretation and errors".

The UAE ambassador to Tunis was summoned to the foreign ministry of Tunisia late Friday, immediately after the decision.

"So the daughter and the mum stay in Tunisia but the husband and son can travel".

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

The existence of political Islam was an issue that put Tunisia at loggerheads with the UAE, which has geared its foreign policy to countering the Muslim brotherhood at home and overseas.

The barring of Tunisian women has caused anger among rights groups and political parties in Tunisia.

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