Furious Tunisian officials have summoned the UAE ambassador for a dress down after the Gulf state imposed a controversial travel ban on Tunisian women. The existence of political Islam was an issue that put Tunisia at loggerheads with the UAE, which has geared its foreign policy to countering the Muslim brotherhood at home and overseas.
"We highly value Tunisian women and respect them", he added.
Tunisia's Transport Ministry announced on Sunday that it was barring a United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline from landing in the North African country.
In response, Zeabi reportedly said the measure was "temporary and relating to security arrangements".
In a statement on Friday, Tunisia's Ministry of Transport said that such actions are "illegal" and "contradictory to the regulations in force in global civil aviation".
"All Tunisian female nationals are denied entry to the UAE, this also applies to customer transferring Dubai for onward flight", the leaked email said, without clarifying the reason behind the decision.
The condemnations came hours after a female Tunisian writer, Maha Jouini, was prevented from traveling on a UAE plane from Beirut to Beijing, China.
The ban was lifted late Friday. The party called on the Tunisian government to take strict measures to deter such unfair and humiliating decisions against the Tunisian people.
As Tunisian passengers started to be turned away at the Emirati airports, many Tunisian social media users took to Twitter to denounce the "discriminatory" move.
Tunisia has been trying to fix relations with the UAE since diplomatic ties were strained during the North African country's 2011 revolution, which saw the Islamic party Al-Nahda come to power.
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