ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Friday cautioned its citizens about traveling to the United States, in retaliation for a new U.S. travel advisory that warned Americans about terror threats and arbitrary detentions in Turkey.
The Turkish travel advisory urged citizens to reconsider travel plans to the United States, citing a series of terror attacks and violent incidents, including in Charlottesville, Ohio University and a mosque in Minnesota.
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.” It also cited the risk of arbitrary detentions under an ongoing state of emergency “based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated.”
Ties between the allies have deteriorated over what many in Turkey perceive as a U.S. reluctance to extradite U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for a 2016 failed coup attempt. Gulen denies any involvement, and U.S. officials say the legal process is still ongoing.
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