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Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on situation in Turkey

Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Europe, Asia and Oceania, 2016

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, is calling for restraint and respect for democratic institutions in Turkey, following last evening's unrest.

He is urging Irish travellers to avoid non-essential travel to Turkey in the context of the unsettled and fluid situation.

Speaking from Ulaanbaatar where he is attending a Europe-Asia (ASEM) Summit, Minister Flanagan said:

"My first concern is for the safety of Irish people travelling to Turkey and those who are already in Turkey. Many thousands of Irish people holiday there each year.

"Until we know the situation is calm, we are strongly advising Irish citizens planning to travel to Turkey avoid non-essential travel.

"The Irish embassy in Ankara is providing consular assistance on the ground in Turkey. Any citizens who have concerns can call our consular services on 01 408 2000.

“My department’s updated travel advice for Turkey is available at www.dfa.ie/travel. Updates will also be tweeted from @dfatIrl and @dfaTravelWise, and are also available through the department's free TravelWise smartphone app.

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DFAT Press Office

16 July 2016