Exercise Utmost Caution: India Issues Advisory for Nationals Visiting Turkey


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The Government of India has issued a travel advisory to Indian tourists visiting Turkey asking them to exercise utmost caution while visiting the Middle Eastern country. The government has been receiving queries from Indian nationals upon travelling to Turkey in view of the situation in the region. Although there have been no reports of untoward incidents in the country so far involving Indian citizens, the Government has issued this advisory as a safety measure for citizens.

The government has further asked Indian nationals travelling to Turkey to get in touch with the Indian missions posted there for any assistance required and helpline numbers have also been shared on official websites.

Relations between India and Turkey strained lately after the 73rd UN General Assembly session when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made statements against the abrogation of Article 370 at New Delhi. Strongly condemning the statements and expressing regret over them, New Delhi asked Ankara to get a proper understanding of the matter before commenting on the matter.

India has also expressed concerns over the unilateral military offensive by Turkey in north-east Syria saying that these actions has the potential for causing humanitarian and civil distress and can undermine stability in the region.

Earlier this month, Turkey has also supported Pakistan during the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary meeting in Paris, which did not go well with India. The terror-financing watchdog has warned Pakistan to take quick action against terror funding by February 2020, until which time it will remain on its grey list.

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