USA and Turkey resume processing some visas after spat

Jerome Frank
November 7, 2017

Turkey will resume processing visa applications at its diplomatic missions in the United States on a 'limited basis, ' Turkey's Embassy in Washington announced on its Twitter account late Monday, shortly after a USA similar decision earlier in the day.

In the email sent visa Information center US at the number of Turkish citizens who have applied previously for a U.S. visa, saying the resumption of acceptance of applications in a limited manner.

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.

The very next day the Turkish Embassy in the USA announced the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to found courtesy of my American, the mirror answering a similar move in Washington.

Turkish authorities, commenting on the arrest of the Consulate General's employee, noted that he had links with the movement of Fethullah Gulen.

"Recent events have forced the Turkish Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of the USA to the security of the Turkish Mission facilities and personnel", the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC, said at the time.

The embassy said it had received "high-level assurances" from Turkey that no additional employees were under investigation.

It said it also received "initial assurances" from Ankara that its local staff would not be detained or arrested for performing their jobs.

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In addition, Nauert said the United States had received assurances that local staff at USA diplomatic facilities in Turkey "will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties" and that the Turkish government would inform U.S. officials in advance of any plans to detain or arrest local staff going forward.

In March, a Turkish employee at the USA consulate in the southern city of Adana was arrested on charges of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which both Ankara and Washington consider a terror group.

"We continue to have serious concerns about the existing cases against arrested local employees of our mission in Turkey".

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 USA state of Pensylvania.

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

Turkey has also been enraged by Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the fight against Islamic State. Erdogan described the U.S. decision as "upsetting".

During the four-day visit, Yildirim is set to meet Vice President Mike Pence at the White House.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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