Turkey issues travel warning for US

Turkey issues travel warning for US

Turkey has warned its citizens about traveling to the United States, in retaliation for a new U.S. travel advisory about Turkey.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Friday issued a travel advisory for citizens travelling to the USA warning them against increasing terror acts and arbitrary arrests of Turkish citizens, APA reported citing Anadolu Agency.

"Ankara is as safe as Washington, Istanbul is as safe as New York", Yildirim said. Earlier this month, a U.S. jury found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran to evade USA sanctions.

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

Foreign ministry says revise travel plans or act with caution because of risks of "terrorism" and arbitrary detention. It also cited the risk of arbitrary detentions under an ongoing state of emergency "based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated".

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

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Turkey is also angered at USA support for Syrian Kurdish militia that it considers to be "terrorists".

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

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