Turkey has slammed a group of Western countries that have temporarily closed their consulates in Istanbul over security concerns, accusing them of waging “psychological warfare” and trying to destroy Turkey’s tourism industry. For information, this article was written before the earthquake which claimed many victims in Turkey and Syria.
Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain
These countries are among the countries that have closed their consulates in the city of around 16 million people. The German embassy has raised the risk of possible retaliatory attacks following incidents of Quran burning in some European countries. The United States and other countries have issued travel advisories urging citizens to be vigilant.
France Diplomatie updated its recommendations concerning Turkey on 1er FEBRUARY
The website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs notably underlined that “the risk of a terrorist attack” remained “high” in Turkey, and in particular in Istanbul. French tourists must exercise “maximum vigilance” for their own safety, the site further emphasizes. In detail, very touristy places (including places of worship) are particularly discouraged. In general, France Diplomatie invites travelers not to join gatherings and gatherings.
The Turkish authorities denounce irresponsible behavior and say they are very irritated by the situation.