Emirates stops flights to Tunisia after 'instruction'

Christmas morning weather. Antonie Robertson  The National

"We highly value Tunisian women and respect them", Gargash said, without elaborating.

Emirates has given no reason for not allowing female Tunisians to board its flights since Friday.

Tunisian political parties, on Saturday, condemned the UAE's decision to ban Tunisian women from traveling to or from its territory and onboard its planes.

The Tunisian Ministry of transport has chose to suspend trips flights from and to the North African country "until the company has been able to find a suitable solution for the operation of its flights in accordance with global laws and treaties" - an official statement on Facebook said.

The United Arab Emirates has information that Tunisian women or women traveling on Tunisian passports might commit "terrorist acts" in the Gulf country, Tunisia's state news agency TAP said.

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

Emirates said it would stop operating its Dubai-Tunis connection following instructions from the North African country.

Meanwhile, the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that officials from the UAE had met authorities in Tunisia to discuss certain "security information". "It's degrading to the Tunisian woman, to our nationality - to everything".

Speaking to Mosaique FM, a local Tunisian radio station, one of the women described her experience at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport on Friday.

The party called on the Tunisian government to take strict measures to deter such unfair and humiliating decisions against the Tunisian people.

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