Turkey Warns Citizens Not to Travel to US Because of Terrorism Threat


"An apparent increase in terror attacks and violent incidents in the US has been seen recently".

Turkey has warned its citizens to revise their travel plans to the U.S. or act with caution if they go ahead with a trip, according to the foreign ministry.

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.

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

Earlier, the US State Department recommended Americans to avoid traveling to Turkey due to the threat of terrorist attacks and groundless detentions, referring it to a group of countries with "increased danger" along with Pakistan, Guatemala and Sudan.

The warning from Turkish officials comes shortly after USA officials issued a similar statement regarding travel to Turkey.

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There are also tensions over charges against several Turks accused of helping a Turkish-Iranian gold trader evade US sanctions on Iran, and USA support for Kurdish groups in Syria that Turkey considers to be terrorist organizations.

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have seen their ties deteriorate since a coup attempt in 2016 that the Turkish government blames on US -based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen.

In late December, the US and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions against each other, ending a months-long visa dispute that began when two local employees of the USA consulate were detained on suspicion of links to the coup.

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