U.S. resumes 'limited' visa services to Turkish citizens

Marie Harrington
November 7, 2017

The United States has resumed processing visas at its missions in Turkey on a "limited basis", the embassy announced in an email on Monday.

As reported Корреспондент.neton October 8, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas at U.S. diplomatic missions in Turkey.

In turn, the Daily Sabah reports that the Americans resumed the issuance of visas to the visit of Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, in the United States. A Turkish court arrested him on charges of having links with the organization of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO).

The status of Fetullah Gulen has been a source of great tension between Turkey and United States, as Washington repeatedly refused to extradite the cleric who now lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S. state of Pensylvania. Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to U.S. citizens, according to Trend.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said nearly immediately it would match the move, announced on the eve of a visit to the United States by Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Metin Topuz was formally charged with espionage and seeking to overthrow the Turkish government last month, accusations the United States embassy in Ankara said at the time were "wholly without merit".

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Easing a almost month-long visa logjam and row in bilateral relations, United States missions in Turkey on Monday announced resumption of visa services on a "limited basis".

It added that there were also assurances that local staff would not be "detained or arrested for performing their official duties". Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The US embassy said Turkish authorities indicated they would inform the US government in advance if they meant to detain or arrest a local employee in the future.

Washington condemned the move as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.

Their trial is scheduled to start on November 27.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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