Turkey a “Safe Country”, Officials Say After Israel Travel Warning

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Turkey “is a safe country” after Israel urged its citizens to leave over Iran’s attack threat.

The ministry in a statement said that Ankara continues to fight against terrorism in the most effective way through domestic and cross-border operations. “The successful results in the fight against terrorism can be seen clearly,” it said.

“Some countries have issued travel warnings. These travel warnings are considered to be related to different international developments and motives,” the statement said without mentioning Israel. 

Turkey said it fights against terrorism without any discrimination and contributes to the security of the international community.

This statement came after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday urged Israelis to leave Turkey, especially Istanbul over possible Iranian-backed terrorist attacks.

Israelis were asked to avoid unnecessary travel to Turkey and Lapid said “no vacation is worth your lives”.

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