Tunisia Suspends all the UAE Flights

UAE based Emirate/ Photo: Wikimedia Commons
UAE based Emirate/ Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Transport Ministry of Tunisia has announced the suspension of all Emirates Airlines to and from the North African country.

The Tunisian move on Sunday came after Tunisian women were denied boarding their flights to Dubai.

The United Arab Emirates-based carriers denied Tunisian women from boarding because what Emirate officials later said: “for security reasons”.

The Tunisian Transport Ministry announced the suspension of Emirate flights in and out of Tunisia in a statement. In a Facebook post, the ministry said it “has 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.”

The Tunisian state-run news agency reported that the UAE ambassador to Tunisia, Salem Zeabi, was called to the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to “provide clarification on the measure banning Tunisian women from flying to or transiting through the Gulf state’s territory.”

Zeabi said the measures taken were “temporary and relating to security arrangements”. 

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of UAE Anwar Gargash also demanded that the steps (travel restrictions on Tunisian women) taken were for security reasons.

“We have contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific and circumstantial measures,” Mr. Anwar Gargash tweeted demanding the UAE respects Tunisian women.

Mr. Gargash warned that “we should avoid attempts at interpretation and errors.”

The United Arab Emirates has been in political spats with various Middle Eastern countries including Qatar and Turkey since imposing a blockade on Qatar in June.

Recently, the dispute between UAE and Turkey took to the high level after the Turkish President Erdogan condemned the “ignorance of the leadership” of the United Arab Emirates over ‘misinterpretation’ of history.

The diplomatic relations between the allied Arab countries have been at odds since Donald Trump took the office as the President of the U.S.

With the rift among the Gulf States, the GCC is on the verge of an end. The GCC, being a staunch U.S. ally, is a significant partner of the U.S. in its fight against terrorism in the Middle East.

The Middle East Political experts warned that disintegration and falling on good terms between the GCC states and other U.S. allies in the Middle East could further weaken U.S. influence in the region.

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