United States to resume full visa services in Turkey

US Resumes Visa Services in Turkey, Easing Diplomatic Strains

Turkey lifting restrictions on visa services for US citizens – embassy

The US Embassy in Turkey says it is resuming normal visa services for Turkish citizens following Ankara's security assurances for local staff at US missions.

"We don't find it proper that the USA claims it's received assurances from Turkey and is misinforming the public, despite the fact that we've drawn attention to the issue before", Turkey's Embassy in Washington said.

The United States suspended visa services at its missions in Turkey in October and Turkey reciprocated.

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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke with his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson on the phone about Washington's decision to lift restrictions on visa services, a diplomatic source said late Thursday.

The worker had been detained over suspected links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup in Turkey.

Non-immigrant visas include student, tourist, media and work visas.

Following this, the Embassy of Turkey in Washington announced the resumption of the process of issuing visas to U.S. citizens in response to a similar decision by the American side.

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Ankara responded with an identical statement, imposing tit-for-tat travel restrictions, by issuing a statement through its embassy in Washington, saying, "Recent events have forced Turkish Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of the United States to the security of Turkish Mission facilities and personnel".

But the department also says it still has concerns about existing allegations against local employees and against US citizens arrested under the state of emergency.

Turkey had "adhered to high level assurances" made to the USA, it said.

Ankara assured the U.S. that in the future that Turkish authorities will notify Washington in advance about any possible detention/investigation of any USA embassy staff member in Turkey.

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Washington had condemned the arrest of the consulate employee, a male Turkish citizen, as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.

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