25 December, 2017
Tunisia suspended all flights of the Emirates Airlines on Sunday, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) owned airline, said the Tunisia Transport Ministry.
Emirates confirmed in a tweet that it would stop flights between Dubai and Tunis today (Monday) until further notice, without giving a reason.
Tunisia's transport ministry has announced the suspension of all Emirates Airlines flights to and from the North African country.
A number of 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.
Initially the Tunisian authorities were reacting to claims that the Emirates action was discriminatory and racial but reports now suggest Tunisia has been made aware of credible intelligence which led to the action by the Gulf carrier.
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Relations between Qatar on one hand and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other have been severed since June after the four Arab countries accused Doha of backing "terror" groups in the region, a charge denied by Qatar. "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 contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific and circumstantial measures", Gargash wrote on Twitter.
"We should avoid misleading attempts at misinterpretation and misrepresentation", Dr Gargash said.
Meanwhile, according to Al Ain news, Tunisian presidency spokesperson Saeeda Qureshi said, "The measures that the UAE took regarding travel of Tunisian women, are considered part of their sovereignty procedures, and not a sign of a trust crisis between the two countries".