Tunisian authorities suspend Emirates flights

The UAE authorities say "security information" caused delays

Tunisia suspends Emirates flights.
Tunisia suspends Emirates flights.

Tunisia authorities suspended Emirates Airlines flights on Sunday, December 24, 2017 after United Arab Emirates security delays.

According to the AFP report, a number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on Emirates had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo additional examination of their visas.

The transport ministry said it had "decided to suspend" Emirates flights to Tunis "until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with international law and agreements," the report added.

An Emirates Airlines spokesperson confirmed to AFP: "Emirates will stop services between Tunis and Dubai, as instructed by the Tunisian authorities, with effect from December 25, 2017."

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter: "We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures.”

“We should avoid misleading attempts... We highly value Tunisian women and respect them," Gargash added.

The Tunisian government said Friday, December 22, it had asked the UAE ambassador for clarification, adding that the envoy said the decision was for only a short period and the restrictions had been lifted, the report from AFP said.

Tunisia's transport ministry said the suspension would remain in force until an "appropriate solution" had been found, according to a report published in CNN.

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