US, Turkey resume limited mutual visa services

07 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Phil Peters
  • US resumes limited visa services in Turkey diplomatic source

Following the initial fallout, Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned a USA diplomat, calling on him to urge the United States to lift the visa suspension, saying it was causing "unnecessary tensions", Reuters reported.

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. Turkey retaliated by halting visa services in the USA for Americans who want to travel to Turkey.

Turkey's embassy in Washington has also said it will process visa applications from United States citizens on a limited basis.

"Turkish citizens wishing to visit the United States, can re-apply for an interview for a visa. Please note, however, that limited appointment availability could result in longer than normal wait times".

It also gave instructions on expedited appointments.

But the embassy on Monday said it had received "initial high-level assurances" from Turkey that "no additional local employees of our mission in Turkey (are) under investigation".

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The US embassy suspended visa services after one of the Istanbul consulate's Turkish staffers was arrested, saying it needed to carry out a security assessment.

Turkey blames Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric, for orchestrating last year's failed coup attempt.

Turkey has also pledged to inform the USA government should Turkey plan to detain or arrest any of the local staff in the future, the U.S. mission said.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, September 21, 2017, in NY. The U.S. Embassy denies the accusations against them. Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Turkey has also been enraged by Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the fight against Islamic State.

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