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25 December 2017, 02:36 | Simon Arnold
Emirates via CNN
Emirates said it would stop operating its Dubai-Tunis connection following instructions from the North African country.
Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, on Sunday said on Twitter that the procedure was imposed for security reasons. "We will avoid attempts at misinterpretation and misrepresentation".
The transport ministry said the measure would stay in place until Emirates was able to "operate flights in accordance with law and worldwide agreements". "In the UAE, where we are proud of our experience in empowering women, we appreciate Tunisian women, respect them and value their pioneering experience", the tweet read.
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. "Affected passengers are advised to contact their travel agent or booking office for assistance", a statement from Emirates said.
Speaking to Mosaique FM, a local Tunisian radio station, one of the women described her experience at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport on Friday. Tunisians constitute the largest number of foreign fighters in ISIL's ranks in Syria, Iraq and Libya, according to a report from the Washington Post.
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