Turkish authorities have warned its citizens of possible Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist attacks in the United States and Europe after its Western allies warned their citizens in Turkey of possible terrorist attacks, Reuters reports.
In two separate travel advisories, Turkey's foreign ministry advised its citizens in the United States and Europe to act calmly in the face of possible xenophobic and racist harassment and attacks and to stay away from areas where demonstrations may intensify.
The ministry said the recent increase in anti-Islamic and racist actions reflects dangerous aspects of religious intolerance and hatred in Europe.
Several embassies in Ankara, including the U.S., German, French and Italian embassies, issued security warnings to their citizens in Turkey, noting possible retaliatory terrorist attacks on places of worship.
The warnings followed recent incidents of Quran burning in Europe. The Swedish Foreign Ministry also advised its citizens in Turkey to avoid crowds and demonstrations.
Last week, an extreme right-wing politician burned a Quran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm during a protest that increased tensions between Turkey and Sweden. Similar acts of Quran burning in the Netherlands and Denmark have also drawn sharp condemnation from Ankara.