Ankara calls for resolution to Turkey-US tensions

Kristopher Drake
October 12, 2017

The U.S. mission to Turkey said on Sunday it was reducing visa services after one of its employees was detained last week, saying it needed to "reassess" Turkey's commitment to the security of its personnel.

The U.S. statement said the suspension of non-immigrant visa services was "effective immediately" to minimize visitor numbers to the U.S. Embassy and Consulate for now. It said the measures would apply to e-Visas, visas issued at borders and visas in passports.

The Turkish restrictions appeared to go further than a move by the USA to suspend the processing of "non-immigrant" visas, a specific category that relates to tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work or study. Last week, a USA consulate employee in Istanbul was arrested on charges of links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup, a move condemned by Washington as baseless and damaging to ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The US and Turkey on Sunday indefinitely halted all non-immigrant visa services to each other's citizens amid deepening differences between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Turkey considers them a terror group and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, which has waged an insurgency within Turkey's borders for more than 30 years.


Turkey will boycott meetings with the United States ambassador to Ankara as it no longer recognizes the envoy as the United States representative in the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, stepping up a diplomatic row.

"Trying a Turkish citizen for a crime committed in Turkey is our right".

Erdogan said that the current trade exchange between the two countries of $800 million (682 million euros) "is not enough" and that it should rapidly grow in the near future.

USA pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, has also been behind bars for a year for alleged links to Gulen.

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