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Turkey warns its citizens against travelling in US

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Turkey warns its citizens against travelling in US

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.

Turkish citizens were also warned of possible terrorist attacks as a reason to avoid the US.

The tit-for-tat diplomacy fits the recent deterioration in relations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

In a tit-for-tat move at the time, Turkey responded by suspending visa services.

Meanwhile, Turkey has since March 2017 been holding Hamza Ulucay, a veteran translator from the U.S. consulate in Adana, on charges of links to Kurdish militants.

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The recent US State Department travel advisory listed a rigorous "Level 3" warning for Turkey, saying "some areas have increased risk".

Ties between Ankara and Washington, both North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State, have been strained by the U.S. arrest and conviction of a Turkish banker in an Iran sanctions-busting case, a trial Turkey has dismissed as politically motivated.

Ties between the allies have deteriorated over what many in Turkey perceive as a USA reluctance to extradite US -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for a 2016 failed coup attempt.

The U.S. past year temporarily suspended visa services to Turkish citizens following the arrest of a local Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

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