Turkey warns citizens against USA travel over security

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Citizens are recommended to revise travel plans and, if they do decide to travel, to take precautions, Reuters reports.

"Turkish citizens traveling to the United States may be subjected to arbitrary detentions based on testimonies of unrespected sources", the ministry said in a statement.

The move was made after the US Department of State launched a new travel advisory system for all states based on security conditions in the country on January 10.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday that Turks travelling to the US would be at risk of terrorist attacks and "arbitrary arrests", which could also hit state officials on business trips.

A statement on Friday cited risks of "terrorist" attacks as well as arbitrary arrests in Turkey's Western ally.

The warning published on the official website said: "It has been observed that there is a recent increase in terrorist and violent attacks in the U.S.", referring to several deadly incidents over the past few months.

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It added that the attacks can be in the form of vehicles ramming pedestrians, bomb attacks, armed terror attacks and may be in city centers, cultural activities, metro stations, public buildings, prayer centers and even school campuses.

Turkey and the United States had settled their visa crisis at the end of December.

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. The Turkish Foreign Ministry then announced in an nearly identical statement that the visa allocation to Turkish representations would also be stopped.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained recently over a number of issues.

According to USA travel advisory, the world's most risky countries to travel include Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

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