Turkey says West failed to share details of security threat .ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey for a 2d day on Friday railed in opposition to a set of Western international locations that briefly close their consulates in Istanbul, accusing them of failing to proportion statistics on the safety chance that brought about the closures and of aiming to motive damage to Turkey.
This week, 9 Western international locations both closed down their consulates in Istanbul or issued journey warnings to residents touring Turkey, bringing up protection threats. The measures angered Turkey, which on Thursday summoned the international locationsambassadors in protest. Turkeys indoors minister accused the international locations of waging “mental warfare” and trying to damage Turkey`s tourism industry.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted that the 9 international locations did now no longer proportion statistics with Turkish government approximately the alleged protection chance. His ministry has recognized the 9 international locations because the United States, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Britain, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy.
Turkey says West failed to share details of security threat
“They inform us that they’ve concrete statistics that there may be a chance. … But wherein did it come from, wherein is the chance, who will deliver it out? There isn’t anyt any statistics approximately that,” Cavusoglu stated in the course of a joint information convention together along with his Argentinian counterpart.
“We requested our Interior Ministry. They say there may be no concrete sharing of statistics. … We requested our intelligence agency. There isn’t anyt any concrete sharing of statistics.”
The minister additionally stated Turkey suspects an “ulterior motive” in the back of the closures, along with alleged rationale to harm President Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s ruling celebration beforehand of presidential and parliamentary elections which are possibly to be hung on May 14.
“If they’re looking to create the photograph that Turkey is risky and that there may be a chance of terrorism, this doesn’t match friendship or the spirit of alliance, he stated. “This is specially genuine earlier than the elections. If they’re looking to positioned the (ruling celebration) government, the Presidential government, in a tough situation, our human beings realize thoroughly what’s in the back of it. … It won`t serve their purpose.”
The German Embassy this week noted the threat of feasible retaliatory assaults following Quran-burning incidents in a few European international locations in pronouncing the closure of its consulate. The U.S. embassy advised its residents approximately feasible assaults in opposition to churches, synagogues and diplomatic missions in addition to different locations that Westerners frequent.
In November, a bombing on Istanbul`s bustling Istiklal Avenue, placed withinside the coronary heart of the town and close to some of overseas consulates, killed six human beings and wounded numerous others. Turkish government blamed the assault on Kurdish militants.
Radical Islamic businesses and leftist militants have additionally accomplished lethal assaults in Turkey the past.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu stated Thursday that Turkey had carried out as many as 60 operations in opposition to the Islamic State organization thus far this 12 months and detained ninety five human beings. Last 12 months, near 2,000 IS suspects had been detained in greater than 1,000 operations in opposition to the organization, he stated.
Last weekend, Turkey`s overseas ministry issued a journey caution for European international locations because of anti-Turkish demonstrations and what it defined as Islamophobia. The caution observed demonstrations the week earlier than out of doors the Turkish Embassy in Sweden, wherein an anti-Islam activist burned the Quran and pro-Kurdish businesses protested in opposition to Turkey.