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13 January 2018, 03:06 | Erica Roy
Turkish citizens warned against travel to US
On Wednesday, the US State Department had issued a travel advisory for its citizens asking them to refrain from travelling to Turkey.
"We are seeing a growing number of terrorist acts and acts of violence in the United States", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement while warning of the risk of "arbitrary arrests" in the United States. The conviction of Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla over the violation of USA -imposed sanctions against Iran in what Ankara sees as a "politically motivated" case caused the latest spat between the two countries.
Ankara was angered by the USA issuing a travel warning to American nationals.
The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have seen their ties deteriorate since a coup attempt in 2016 that the Turkish government blames on US -based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen.
Turkey and the United States suspended issuing visas previous year after Washington complained about the detention of two locally-hired consular employees on suspicion of a role in the failed coup.
"We have expressed our disturbance with the inaccurate information posted in this travel advice", a senior Turkish official told the local Hurriyet Daily News.
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.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is in Los Angeles and will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of a conference in Vancouver, said he would discuss the matter with his counterpart.
In a travel-warning statement, the Turkish ministry also cited an increase in terror attacks and violent incidents in the United States recently.
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