Turkey warns its citizens against travelling in US

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2018

Turkey on Friday cautioned its citizens about traveling to the United States, in retaliation for a new U.S.travel advisory that warned Americans about terror threats and arbitrary detentions in Turkey.

The travel warning updates come after the United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions against each other in late December, ending a months-long visa dispute that began when Washington suspended visa services at its Turkish missions after two local employees of the U.S. consulate were detained on suspicion of links to the coup.

The ministry mentioned recent incidents including attacks at Ohio University's campus, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Dar Al-Farooq Mosque in Minnesota and a church in Texas.

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The recent US State Department travel advisory listed a rigorous "Level 3" warning for Turkey, saying "some areas have increased risk".

The two countries have also fallen out over the US's refusal to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey holds responsible for the 2016 coup attempt, and U.S. military support for Kurdish rebels in Syria which Ankara considers a terrorist group. Earlier this month, a United States jury found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions.

The ministry also warned of alleged "arbitrary arrests" of Turkish citizens, including public servants travelling to the United States for official duty.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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