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NZ keeping an eye on Turkey situation: PM

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/07/2016

Mr Key said New Zealand was concerned about what had been happening in Turkey over the weekend. © Getty Images Mr Key said New Zealand was concerned about what had been happening in Turkey over the weekend. Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand is keeping a close eye on what's happening in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed military coup.

Mr Key has just arrived in Indonesia after spending a week in Europe attending high-level meetings in London, Rome and Paris.

Speaking to reporters in Jakarta on Sunday night, Mr Key said New Zealand was concerned about what had been happening in Turkey over the weekend.

"It was obviously a reasonably serious attempt at a coup. [Turkey's] an important country in the Middle East and we would just be both monitoring what's going on and hoping that the issue can now be put to bed," he said.

Following the coup attempt, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade upgraded its travel advice for Turkey and warned New Zealanders against all tourist and non-essential travel because of the uncertain security situation.

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