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Turkey warns citizens against USA travel over security

13 January 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.

"It has been observed that there is a recent increase in terrorist and violent attacks in the USA", the foreign ministry said, referring to several deadly incidents over the past few months.

Meanwhile, Turkey has since March 2017 been holding Hamza Ulucay, a veteran translator from the United States consulate in Adana, on charges of links to Kurdish militants.

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

Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting US in retaliatory move
Turkish citizens warned against travel to US

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

It singled out areas along the Turkish-Syrian border and area where the Turkish army is fighting Kurdish militants, warning that USA citizens could be accused of being linked to terror groups with "scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated".

The U.S. previous year temporarily suspended visa services to Turkish citizens following the arrest of a local Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

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

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Turkey warns citizens against USA travel over security