Ankara issues travel warning for Iraq amid growing unrest

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ANKARA

Ankara has called on Turkish citizens to avoid traveling to Baghdad due to growing unrest in Iraq which has claimed dozens of lives in recent days.

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The Foreign Ministry issued the warning to Turkish citizens on August 29, stressing that security conditions have seriously deteriorated in the Iraqi capital.

The ministry also warned Turkish citizens already in Baghdad to remain vigilant and stay away from neighborhoods where protests are on the rise.

In a separate statement, Ankara expressed concern over the unrest in the southern neighboring country.

“Ongoing developments in Baghdad have taken a dangerous turn in terms of the country’s stability, unity and security. The stability and security of a friendly and brotherly Iraq are of vital importance to Turkey. Therefore, we are concerned about the acts of violence that are spreading across the country,” the statement said.

“In this context, we urge all parties to exercise restraint and act with common sense,” he said. “We want the current political differences to be resolved peacefully and through inclusive dialogue, so that the peace and well-being of the Iraqi people can be assured.”

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