Turkey tells citizens to reconsider travelling to US

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara

Turkey tells citizens to reconsider travelling to US

The Foreign Ministry on Friday issued a travel warning for Turkish citizens planning to travel to the USA, citing an increase in violence and terror attacks.

The statement says that cases of terror attacks and violence have increased in US.

"Turkish citizens traveling to the United States may be subjected to arbitrary detentions based on testimonies of unrespected sources", the ministry said in a statement dated Thursday.

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Breaking overnight, Turkey has advised it's citizens not to travel to the United States.

It also warned about "arbitrary arrests" in the USA - an apparent reference to a Turkish banker who was arrested in the US and convicted of helping Iran avoid US sanctions.

The ministry mentioned recent incidents including attacks at Ohio University's campus, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Dar Al-Farooq Mosque in Minnessota and a church in Texas. Turkey was placed on Level 3 - or the "reconsider travel" - category.

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The tit-for-tat diplomacy fits the recent deterioration in relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Ankara has said that the case against the banker was based on false evidence and supported by the network of the cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it blames for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.

Turkey also strongly opposes US military support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the terrorist PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed-wing the People's Protection Units (YPG). The trial of the Turkish banker has also heightened tensions.

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