Emirates to resume Tunisia flights after row over female travellers

TUNIS (dpa)- Flights by the Dubai-based Emirates Airlines will resume to and from Tunisia after the country lifted a ban it imposed two weeks ago amid a row over barring Tunisian women from travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), officials said Friday.
A spokesman for the Tunisian Transport Ministry told dpa that Emirates is permitted to resume its flights to the country after Tunisia removed the ban starting from Thursday.

On December 24, Tunisian authorities announced suspending Emirates flights after the airline had barred several Tunisian women from flying on a UAE-bound flight without giving a prompt explanation.
The Tunisian presidency later said the the UAE informed Tunisia that the measure was prompted by fears of a potential terrorist attack by hardline women from Tunisia.
On Thursday, the UAE Foreign Ministry praised security cooperation with Tunisia.
"In view of intense security contacts and information obtained from the Tunisian side, authorities in the United Arab Emirates decided to return to the measures that were followed before this emergency measure," the ministry said without elaborating.
Emirates operates seven flights a week between Dubai and the capital Tunis.
The carrier is expected to resume the flights next week, an official at Emirates' office in Tunis said, on condition of anonymity.
Hundreds of Tunisians are believed to have left the country in recent years and joined hardline jihadists fighting in neighbouring Libya as well as Syria and Iraq.
There are fears in Tunisia over threats returnees from the conflict zones can pose to the national security.
Tunisian authorities have recently stepped up a massive clampdown on suspected extremists in an effort to clean up the North African country's international image.

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