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Newsline: Turkey’s top diplomat says Western missions failed to justify security warnings

Turkey said on Friday that Western nations, including the United States and Germany, had not given it any information to back up their assertions that security threats had prompted them to close their missions in the country. Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggested the powers may have been trying to portray Turkey as a volatile state when they temporarily shut embassies and consulates and issued travel warnings following Koran-burning incidents in Europe. “We see the closures of consulates without sharing the details of the information with us as intentional,” Cavusoglu told reporters. “They say there is a terror threat… But when we ask what the source of information was and who the perpetrators of such attacks might be, they did not share any information,” Cavusoglu said on Friday. Turkey would take “some additional steps” in case these countries shut their diplomatic missions again without sharing information with Turkey, Cavusoglu also said. (https://uk.investing.com/news/world-news/turkey-says-western-states-gave-it-no-evidence-to-back-up-security-threat-reports-2902878) On Wednesday Turkey summoned the ambassadors of nine Western countries to criticise the decision, as interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, said on Twitter the embassies were waging “a new psychological war” on his country. Last week, France, Germany, Italy, the United States and others issued warnings to their citizens of an increased risk of attacks in Turkey, particularly against diplomatic missions and non-Muslim places of worship, in the wake of Koran-burning protests in Europe. This week, countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland temporarily closed diplomatic missions in Turkey, saying it was for security reasons.

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