Iran Cautions Nationals about Travel to Turkey

Following the assassination Monday of Russia’s ambassador in Ankara and concerns about escalation of situation in Turkey, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning on Tuesday, calling on Iranians to refrain from unnecessary travels to the neighboring country.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry strongly recommended that Iranians refrain from making unnecessary trips to Turkey given the “special circumstances in Turkey in recent days.”

On Tuesday, Iran also temporarily closed its consulates in the Turkish cities of Istanbul, Trabzon and Erzurum.

It came after assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. He was shot in the back and killed on Monday as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery by an off-duty police officer.

Turkish authorities said the shooter was a riot policeman, Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22. A video showed the attacker shouting “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria” as screams rang out.

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