Ban on Tunisian women’s travel to Dubai: MFA seeks clarification from UAE ambassador in Tunis
22/12/2017 21:09, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Tunis Salem Issa Elkattam Zeabi was received Friday evening at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was asked to "provide clarification" on the measure banning Tunisian female passengers from entry to or transit through the UAE, the ministry said in a statement.

The UAE diplomat said the measure was "temporary and relating to security arrangements,” adding that the restriction was lifted by allowing all the passengers to depart, the ministry said.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed received the UAE ambassador on Friday afternoon in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, said a statement from the Prime Ministry posted on its official Facebook page.

Emirates Airline on Friday banned Tunisian female passengers from flying to Dubai on Emirates EK 748 flight departing from Tunis Carthage airport.

This measure concerned all female passengers even those accompanied by their spouses, with the exception of Tunisian residents in the United Arab Emirates. This ban caused disruption at the airport.

The Emirates Airline later allowed the Tunisian female passengers to board the plane bound for Dubai.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation under the Ministry of Transport has intervened with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority to demand the final lifting of this measure.

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