Emirates stops flying to Tunisia

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Tunisia has banned the Emirates airline from landing in the capital Tunis, after a number of Tunisian women were prevented from boarding its flights.

In response, Zeabi reportedly said the measure was "temporary and relating to security arrangements".

This new tension between Tunis and Abu Dhabi comes as Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo additional examination of their visas, which triggered angry reactions on social media and media outlets in Tunisia.

"As instructed by the Tunisian authorities, Emirates will stop all its services between Dubai and Tunisia starting from 25 December 2017 until further notice".

"We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that required taking specific procedures", Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said via a Twitter post on Sunday.

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"Here in the UAE, we are proud of our experience in empowering women, we appreciate Tunisian women, respect them and value their pioneering experience, and we see them as the protectors of safety". The reason for this ban is that some Tunisian women were not allowed to board the flights of Emirates, thus causing this issue.

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"So the daughter and the mum stay in Tunisia but the husband and son can travel. It's degrading to the Tunisian woman, to our nationality - to everything".

In a statement on Friday, Tunisia's Ministry of Transport said that such actions are "illegal" and "contradictory to the regulations in force in global civil aviation".

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