Turkey warns citizens travelling to U.S. of arbitrary arrest

U.S.-Turkey relations deteriorate due to new travel directives

Turkey warns citizens travelling to U.S. of arbitrary arrest

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.

The comments from the Turkish Foreign Ministry come after the US Department of State this week made a similar warning to its citizens, saying Americans planning to visit Turkey should reconsider plans due to "terrorism and arbitrary detentions".

A few hours after the announcement of this directive, travel instructions to Turkish citizens planning to visit the US were issued also by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

"Attacks by vehicles being driven on crowds, in addition to bomb and gun attacks, are likely to continue to target city centres, cultural events, subway stations, state buildings, places of worship and school campuses", the statement continued, adding that there is also a risk of arbitrary arrest for Turkish citizens travelling to the US.

"We have expressed our disturbance with the inaccurate information posted in this travel advice", a senior Turkish official told the local Hurriyet Daily News.

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Visibility could drop to 100 metres in some places bringing unsafe driving conditions and hindering flight take offs, he added. In the afternoon, a spell of heavy rain will move in from the Atlantic, affecting much of Munster and Connacht by nightfall.

In response to a travel warning by the U.S. government to Turkey, Ankara has warned its citizens against traveling to the United States.

"The "Turkey is not a safe country" statement does not benefit ties between the two countries", he said. The relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies United States of America and Turkey are now very tense. Earlier this month, a U.S. jury found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions.

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 also blames Washington for supporting Kurdish fighters in Syria that Ankara sees as allies of a Kurdish group waging an insurgency in Turkey.

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