Turkey Warns Its Citizens Against US Travel Over Security

Turkey Warns Its Citizens Against US Travel Over Security

Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel, the latest tit-for-tat volley in a diplomatic feud between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"We observe an increasing number of terror plots and acts of violence in the United States", said a statement from the foreign ministry on Friday, 12 January.

A few days after the resolution of the mutual embargo on visas granted to their citizens, the USA and Turkey again caused a crisis in their relations, this time with the travel instructions they issued.

It added that the attacks can be in the form of vehicles ramming pedestrians, bomb attacks, armed terror attacks and may be in city centers, cultural activities, metro stations, public buildings, prayer centers and even school campuses.

The ministry mentioned recent incidents including attacks at Ohio University's campus, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Dar Al-Farooq Mosque in Minnesota and a church in Texas.

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

"The "Turkey is not a safe country" statement does not benefit ties between the two countries", Yildirim said.

Turkey has called for his extradition, but the United States says sufficient evidence has yet to be put to a court.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained recently over a number of issues. Earlier this month, a U.S. jury found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions.

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).