The United States resumed issuing visas to Turkish citizens

Kristopher Drake
November 7, 2017

The website of US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey said: "The US Mission in Turkey has resumed processing non-immigrant visas on a limited basis".

Turkey may reciprocate that move and partially ease issuance of visas for the USA citizens, a Turkish government source said.

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.

"The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed processing visas on a limited basis. 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).

Metin Topuz was formally charged with espionage and seeking to overthrow the Turkish government last month, accusations the U.S. embassy in Ankara said at the time were "wholly without merit".

The embassy said it had received "high-level assurances" from Turkey that no additional employees were under investigation. The Turkish government also gave assurances that local staff members would not be detained or arrested "for performing their official duties" and that Washington would be given information in advance if Turkish officials intend to arrest local staff in the future.

Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 24, 2013.

Turkey has also pledged to inform the United States government should Turkey plan to detain or arrest any of the local staff in the future, the USA mission said. He was the second local staff member at a USA mission in Turkey to be held.

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that also plays host to a strategic air base close to the borders with Syria and Iraq, have been strained over the United States refusal to extradite the cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan described the USA decision as "upsetting".

The lack of movement on the issue has further strained ties already frayed over Washington's support for a Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terror group.

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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