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Tunisian Transport Minister vows to take 'other measures in case of failure to reach solution with UAE'

December 29, 2017 at 12:38 am

Tunisian Transport Minister Radwan Ayara has stated that that the meetings held with the representative of the Emirates Airlines did not achieve any progress and that there is no new information concerning Tunisia’s suspension of Emirates flights  to all Tunisian airports.

“The meetings will be resumed after a week, and in case of the absence of any progress, other measures will be taken in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Radwan Ayara in an interview with the Tunisian local radio Shams Fm.

He added that “the Tunisian side has not received any promise from the UAE to resume flights.”

The Tunisian minister stressed that “the Emirates Airlines should officially inform Tunisia if they consider stopping Tunis-Dubai route.”

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“There is no need to stop this line, and the action taken by the Tunisian State to suspend Emirates’ flights to all Tunisian airports is a normal procedure and stipulated in international law,” he explained.

Radwan Ayara stated that “the issue should not proceed any further because the interests of passengers are at stake.”

The Emirates Airlines prevented Tunisians from travelling to the UAE under security pretexts. This act triggered the anger of Tunisian people, and the Ministry of Transport responded by suspending Emirate Airlines flights to all Tunisian airports.