Turkish Foreign Ministry says US security message for Istanbul based on ‘ordinary measures’
ANKARA/ISTANBULTurkey's Foreign Ministry has stated that a security message issued by the U.S. Consulate Istanbul late on June 16 was based on ordinary measures taken by Turkish security officials.
“U.S. authorities did not make this statement on the grounds of any concrete intelligence but ordinary measures taken by our security officials,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hüseyin Müftüoğlu said in a written message on June 17.
Late on June 16, the consulate had warned its citizens about heightened security presence in the Mecidiyeköy area of Şişli district in response to a possible terror threat.
“Americans residing in the area should exercise heightened caution. U.S. citizens are reminded to be aware of their immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places when possible, especially in locations where Westerners, tourists, and expatriates are known to frequent, including but not limited to restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship, and transportation hubs,” the consulate said.
“We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, ensure communication connectivity, be aware of local events, monitor local media for updates, keep your loved ones informed of your welfare and whereabouts, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security,” it said.