Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Turkey warns its citizens against travelling in US

Turkey warns its citizens against travelling in US

Turkey on Friday issued a travel warning urging its citizens to reconsider their travel plans to the United States, citing the risk of terror attacks and arbitrary detentions.

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

The travel warning came a day after the United States urged its citizens to reconsider travel to Turkey, saying "terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey".

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have become increasingly strained over a number of issues, including Turkey's detention of two Turkish employees of United States diplomatic missions in the country.

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

The move came after the U.S. announced a new travel advisory on Wednesday and named Turkey as a country with an "increased security risk" along with Sudan, Pakistan and Guatemala.

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

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