What German Minister said about traveling to Turkey?

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere visited Istanbul on Wednesday following a suicide bomb attack here which claimed the lives of 10 German tourists. De Maiziere visited the site of the attack and then conferred with Turkish officials, which was followed by a press conference.

"In the current stage of the investigation, there is no indication that the attack was targeted against Germans," de Maiziere told at the news conference in Istanbul alongside Turkish counterpart Efkan Ala.

"It was an attack against humanity," he said. "I see no reason to refrain from trips to Turkey." Furthermore he said, “I see no reason to interrupt your travel in Turkey or to cancel your travel to Turkey…”

Meanwhile, it is important to note that the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has NOT issued a travel warning for Istanbul and/or Turkey. The ministry has only advised its nationals to keep away from large groups in public places and tourist attractions in Istanbul.

Speaking with journalists at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Wednesday before departing for Norway with his wife Magna Vaaje Nielsen, 59-year-old Norwegian tourist; Jostein Nielsen has vowed to return to Turkey to complete his tour despite getting injured in Tuesday’s suicide attack at Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square.


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