Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting United States in retaliatory move

Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting United States in retaliatory move

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has reportedly told citizens that they could possibly face arbitrary arrests in the US. Earlier this month, a U.S. jury found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran to evade United States sanctions.

"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.

The trial against the banker included testimony of corruption by senior Turkish officials.

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have seen their ties deteriorate since a coup attempt in 2016 that the Turkish government blames on USA -based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen.

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Gulen has denied the charges and condemned the coup. The ministry also said that Turkish travelers to the country may face arbitrary detentions, including public servants traveling to the US for official duty. Following the arrest of local US Consulate staff, US officials in Turkey had reported stopping visa issuance to American citizens. Both countries resumed issuing visas last month.

The travel warning updates come after the US and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions against each other in late December, ending a months-long visa dispute that began when Washington suspended visa services at its Turkish missions after two local employees of the USA consulate were detained on suspicion of links to the coup.

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

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