UAE issues Turkey travel warning after deadly attack

A Turkish policeman stands guard on Monday near the Reina nightclub that was attacked in Istanbul. (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2017
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UAE issues Turkey travel warning after deadly attack

JEDDAH: Citizens of the UAE have been warned against traveling to Turkey following the deadly Daesh-claimed attack on a packed Istanbul nightclub, in which 39 people were killed.
The news came as a travel expert warned that Turkey’s tourism industry will suffer after a string of terror strikes in Istanbul and elsewhere.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued the travel warning to its citizens on Monday, in the wake of the New Year’s Day attack.
The statement called on UAE citizens to avoid traveling to Turkey for the time being and until further notice.
Twenty-five of those killed at the Reina nightclub on the shores of the Bosphorus were foreigners, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.
They included nationals of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya, Israel, India, Canada, a Turkish-Belgian dual citizen and a Franco-Tunisian woman.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the bloody attack, which was carried out by a lone gunman who remains at large.
The terrorist group has been blamed for at least half a dozen attacks on civilian targets in Turkey over the past 18 months.
The most recent attack came five months after a failed military coup, in which more than 240 people were killed, many of them in Istanbul.
Travel and aviation expert Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at the UK-based StrategicAero Research, said that the numerous terror attacks would likely see Turkey’s tourism industry suffer.
“Having done nothing to prevent people filtering into Syria to join an array of terror groups like (Daesh)... Turkey is now on the front line from those very same folks crossing back and causing carnage,” he told Arab News.
“This will damage Turkey’s appeal as a holiday destination as well as call into question what politicians can actually do to stem these attacks, because right now, there doesn’t seem to be any cohesive policy to prevent or bolster intelligence.”


OIC chief holds talks with ministers during UN General Assembly

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OIC chief holds talks with ministers during UN General Assembly

  • Al-Othaimeen attended the reception ceremony hosted by Donald Trump on Monday
  • The Palestinian issue was also top of the topics that the chief of OIC discussed in his meeting

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, met the United Nations’ special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
They discussed the latest developments in the Syrian crisis, and Al-Othaimeen emphasized the need to reach a peaceful solution and address the humanitarian situation.
Al-Othaimeen also met Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields of cooperation, especially in fighting terrorism and extremism, in addition to discussing the Palestinian issue and supporting UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East.
The Palestinian issue was also top of the topics that the chief of OIC discussed in his meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who said his country gave the Palestinian issue special attention, highlighting that there is a large Muslim community in Venezuela and that his country is keen to strengthen relations with the OIC.
Al-Othaimeen met the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. They discussed the latest developments in Iraq following the elections and the Basra events, and the importance of holding the Makkah II conference to achieve social reconciliation in Iraq. He also stressed OIC’s support for stability in Iraq.
Moreover, the chief of OIC met the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, and stressed the support of his organization for Kosovo until it wins the recognition of OIC member states as an independent state.
Al-Othaimeen attended the reception ceremony hosted by US President Donald Trump on Monday evening for the delegation heads participating in the UN General Assembly.