USA embassy in Turkey starts to issue visas

Trevor Jackson
November 7, 2017

In the USA diplomatic missions in Turkey has resumed the process of issuing visas to Turkish citizens, Anadolu reports.

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.

On Oct. 8, 2017, the US suspended issuance of visas to Turkish citizens due to the arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul.

In response, Turkey suspended its own non-immigrant visas for United States nationals last month. "The personnel in question employed by the US has been the subject of a judicial process not because of his official duties but due to very serious charges against him", the embassy went on to say, pointing to Metin Topuz, a longstanding USA consulate employee and a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent at the Istanbul Bureau, arrested over ties with the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).

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

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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". He has been held in Turkey since October 2016 on charges of being a member of Gulen's group.

Regarding Turkish citizens detained in the US, the embassy said that Turkey "has very serious concerns". "We are also concerned about the cases against U.S. citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency", the embassy 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 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.

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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