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UAE announces end of aviation crisis with Tunisia and resumption of flights

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UAE announced end of the aviation crisis with Tunisia and resumption of flights. After intensive security communications with the Tunisian side, the UAE restored the procedures following the emergency situation.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that it appreciates the importance of joint cooperation in the framework of close relations between the UAE and Tunisia.

The Tunisian authorities expressed their keenness to resolve all concerns of the national carriers of the UAE to secure safety of flights and passengers.

For the sake of security measures, the UAE had stopped Tunisian women trying to travel to the Gulf state, prompted by fears of a terrorist attack.

Tunisian women and girls have been delayed from boarding planes for the UAE, sparking commotion in the North African nation that led to the suspension of Emirates airline flights to Tunis.

The Tunisian Ministry of Transport announced that the suspension of Emirates Airlines flights to and from Tunisia are only until the airline finds a suitable solution to operate its flights in accordance with international laws and treaties.

“The UAE authorities have serious security information about the possibility of terrorist attacks,” Tunisian presidency spokeswoman Saida Garrach told Shems FM radio.

The information indicates that with extremists returning from Syria and Iraq, there is “a possibility of a terrorist attack involving either Tunisian women or women carrying a Tunisian passport,” Garrach said, suggesting that they could be using false identities.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Sunday blamed the delays on “security information that necessitated taking specific procedures”.

“We highly value Tunisian women and respect them,” he said on Twitter.

Tunisian official Garrach insisted that while her country could understand the UAE’s concerns, it cannot “accept the way Tunisian women have been treated”.

(With AFP)