Turkish citizens warned against travel to US

The foreign ministry today advised Turks not to fly to the States because of the increased terror acts and arbitrary arrests of Turkish citizens.

The move follows a US State Department advisory on Wednesday which urged Americans to reconsider visiting Turkey due to security concerns.

The Turkish travel advisory urged citizens to reconsider travel plans to the United States, citing a series of terror attacks and violent incidents, including in Charlottesville, Ohio University and a mosque in Minnesota.

Ties between Ankara and Washington, both North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State, have been strained by the U.S. arrest and conviction of a Turkish banker in an Iran sanctions-busting case, a trial Turkey has dismissed as politically motivated.

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A statement on Friday cited risks of "terrorist" attacks as well as arbitrary arrests in Turkey's Western ally.

The Turkish government is angry at the US refusal to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a cleric it blames for a coup attempt in 2016.

A statement by the Turkish foreign ministry - using nearly identical language to the original U.S. advisory - warns of an increase in terrorism and "risk of arbitry detention" in America.

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

  • Sonia Alvarado