“Turkey is a safer country than the U.S.” – Turkish FM
The United States is wrong to rank Turkey alongside Pakistan and Sudan for travel safety, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.
“We do not need to deal with unnecessary attitudes that are immature and unsuited to an ally such as the (U.S.’s) last travel warning, and such as the visa process being halted,” pro-government newspaper Habertürk quoted Çavuşoğlu as telling a news conference in Los Angeles.
“Turkey is no less safe a country than the United States. Indeed, Turkey is a safer country than the United States.”
Çavuşoğlu said his country took no joy in the wave of terror attacks that had hit U.S. cities.
“If we look at everyday events and attacks in the United States and the number of people who are murdered every day in various cities, we see that Turkey is a much safer country than the U.S., including for tourists,” he said.
Çavuşoğlu said he would ask U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson what U.S. true motives were when they met in Vancouver next week.
“There has been a serious increase in the number of those wanting to come (to Turkey) from the U.S. as tourists this year,” he said. “Do they want to stop this? What did they want to do? We do not understand, but we will talk with Tillerson.”
Unlike the United States, Turkey was free of xenophobia and always opened its arms to those in need, Çavuşoğlu said.
“Now we look at the United States and we see an advanced case of xenophobia. It is clear to all how the U.S. administration, the Trump administration themselves are personally insulting and humiliating other countries.”