Tunisia bans UAE Emirates airline from landing in Tunis

Gargash: Emirates flights to Tunisia cease after 'security warning' prompts increased safety measures

But female travellers from Tunisia said they had been given no reason for not being allowed to board Emirates Airline flights to the UAE.

Soon after, posts started flying on Twitter, with social media users ignoring security concerns and concentrating on "the insult to Tunisian women", as one tweeter commented.

"We should avoid misleading attempts at misinterpretation and misrepresentation", Dr Gargash said. "In the UAE, where we are proud of our experience in empowering women, we appreciate Tunisian women, respect them and value their pioneering experience", the tweet read.

A controversial blanket travel ban on Tunisian women by the UAE has led to angry reactions in Tunis.

The move comes two days after a number of Tunisian women were prevented from boarding their flights to Dubai on the United Arab Emirates-based carrier.

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash tweeted on Sunday that an agreement was reached with Tunis over the security measure.

Tunisia has been trying to fix diplomatic ties with the UAE damaged by its 2011 revolution and after the Islamic party Al-Nahda, which has strong links with Qatar, came to power in the North African country. The close ties between Tunisia and Qatar as well as the existence of Muslim brotherhood in Tunisia are all issues that put Tunis and Abu Dhabi at loggerheads, especially at times when the UAE gears its foreign policy to countering political Islam at home and overseas.

Despite the clarification, Tunisian rights groups issued a statement on Saturday condemning the UAE measures as "discriminatory and racist".

The relationship between the Tunisia and UAE was damaged by former's 2011 revolution.

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