Turkey warns citizens against travelling to US

Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting US in retaliatory move

Turkey, US issue tit-for-tat travel warnings

Within the framework of this system, Turkey has been listed in one group with Sudan, Pakistan and Guatemala, as countries with an "increased security risk" and U.S. citizens were advised to reconsider traveling to such states. Earlier this month, a USA jury found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran to evade United States sanctions.

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

The trial against the banker included testimony of corruption by senior Turkish officials.

Turkey outlawed ByLock in the aftermath of the attempted putsch, saying followers of the US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen used it to communicate on the night of July 15, 2016, when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and warplanes to attack parliament, killing more than 240 people. Turkey has called for his extradition, but the United States says sufficient evidence has yet to be put to a court.

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Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999, has denied the charges and condemned the coup. Following the arrest of local US Consulate staff, US officials in Turkey had reported stopping visa issuance to American citizens.

Last year, Turkish authorities began freeing some suspects across the country, and the Ankara chief prosecutor had said he would ask for the release of 1,000 suspects.

Turkey also strongly opposes USA 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).

Speaking to reporters after Friday prayers, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the U.S.travel warning for harming relations.

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