Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Turkey, US resume visa services on "limited basis"

Turkey, US resume visa services on

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.

Easing a almost month-long visa logjam and row in bilateral relations, United States missions in Turkey on Monday said they had begun to accept visa application on a limited basis, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

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. That move followed the arrest of a local employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Ankara.

Based on these preliminary assurances, the Department believes the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the resumption of limited visa services in Turkey. A Turkish court arrested him on charges of having links with the organization of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO).

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"Turkish authorities will inform the US Government in advance if the Government of Turkey intends to detain or arrest a member of our local staff in the future", read the statement. Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to USA citizens, according to Trend.

Ankara is also angry over the arrest in the U.S. of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy chief executive at state lender Halkbank, and the Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab.

Turkish officials had expressed hope of a new page in Ankara-Washington relations under US President Donald Trump and Yildirim's trip has been billed as the latest attempt to revive ties.

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