United States lifts visa restrictions on Turkey on 'limited basis'

US resumes limited visa services in Turkey diplomatic source

"The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed processing visas on limited basis", said an email Turkish applicants received from the U.S. missions.

The day after the USA suspended the services in Turkey, the Turkish government responded in kind, suspending visa services for Americans and releasing a statement that mirrored the U.S's.

The announcements came a day before Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is due to travel to the United States to meet Vice President Mike Pence for talks aimed at mending frayed ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, including over Turkish demands for the extradition USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for last year's failed coup, and Washington's backing of Syrian Kurdish militia, whom Turkey considers to be terrorists.

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 US decision followed the arrest of a local employee at the US Consulate in Istanbul over alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO), the group blamed for the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.

The Turkish embassy in Washington only said on its official Twitter account it was resuming visa services on a "limited basis" in the US.

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Metin Topuz was formally charged with espionage and seeking to overthrow the Turkish government last month, accusations the United States embassy in Ankara said at the time were "wholly without merit". Turkey retaliated by halting visa services in the USA for Americans who want to travel to Turkey.

"We continue to have serious concerns about the existing cases against arrested local employees of our mission in Turkey".

Turkey has also pledged to inform the U.S. government should Turkey plan to detain or arrest any of the local staff in the future, the United States mission said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating the unrest - a charge the cleric denies.

TRT World's Andrew Hopkins has the latest from Ankara.

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