The US Says Visa Services Will Resume In Turkey After Dispute

Dec 29, 2017, 02:06
The US Says Visa Services Will Resume In Turkey After Dispute

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday the full resumption of visa services with Turkey, after a suspension that lasted for almost two months.

No details concerning the nature of the call has been released.

"We don't find it proper that the USA claims it's received assurances from Turkey and is misinforming the public, despite the fact that we've drawn attention to the issue before", Turkey's Embassy in Washington said.

AP reports from Ankara that the U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Thursday that it is resuming normal visa services for Turkish citizens, saying Turkish authorities had adhered to assurances that no local staff would be detained or arrested for performing their duties.

"We find it wrong to misinform the Turkish and the American public by claiming that the USA received assurances from Turkey", the mission said.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., in turn, also announced lifting of restrictions on visa services, adding that it welcomed the U.S.' decision.

"We are also concerned about the cases against USA citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency", the department said.

The U.S. stopped issuing non-immigrant visas in Turkey after a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul was arrested in October.

That followed the arrest of Metin Topuz - a us consulate employee who was arrested for alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

Ankara responded to the USA move in October with similar actions. The embassy stressed, however, that the Turkish government has given no assurances to Washington, refuting the US embassy's earlier claim.

The terror group has a considerable presence outside Turkey, including private educational institutions that investigators found serve as a revenue stream for the terror group.

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