Turkey has issued a warning to its citizens against possible Islamophobic, xenophobic, and racist activities in the United States and Europe, after its Western allies cautioned its inhabitants in Turkey about potential terrorist attacks.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry encouraged its people in the US and Europe to act calmly in the face of potential xenophobic and racist harassment and attacks and to keep away from locations where demonstrations may escalate in two distinct travel recommendations.
Recent rises in anti-Islamic and racist acts, according to the government, indicate the hazardous level of religious intolerance and enmity in Europe.
A number of embassies in Ankara, including those of the United States, Germany, France, and Italy, issued security advisory for its citizens on Friday, warning of possible retaliatory strikes by terrorists against institutions of worship.
This was in response to recent incidents of Quran burning in Europe. On Saturday, Sweden‘s foreign office issued a warning to its citizens residing in Turkey to avoid meetings and protests.
Tensions between Sweden and Turkey rose last week after a far-right, anti-immigrant politician set fire to a copy of the Holy Quran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. Ankara has condemned similar Quran-burning instances in the Netherlands and Denmark.