United States Embassy announces end to visa crisis with Turkey

US announces full resumption of visa services in Turkey

US announces full resumption of visa services in Turkey

On Thursday, the USA embassy said "the Department of State is confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow the full resumption of visa services in Turkey".

There are at least 11 USA citizens now under arrest in Turkey.

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey resumed visa services, three months after they were suspended amid an escalating feud between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Shortly after the USA announcement, Ankara's embassy in Washington announced that Turkish missions in the United States will also resume full visa services for U.S. citizens matching the American move.

"Based on adherence to these assurances, the Department of State is confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey", the US Embassy in Ankara said on Thursday.

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

That followed the arrest of Metin Topuz - a USA consulate employee who was arrested for alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

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"We do not find it right for the United States to claim it had received assurances from Turkey and misinform the USA and Turkish publics", the Turkish Embassy in Washington said in a statement.

"On the other hand, also regarding the duration of the case involving Turkish citizens in the United States continues to have serious concerns Turkey.Turkish authorities will continue to negotiate with their American counterparts to ensure that these cases are delivered in a satisfactory manner", it added.

"By lifting restrictions on USA visa applications for our citizens, we welcome the decision to return to the old plan as of today".

"We do not find it right for the United States to claim it had received assurances from Turkey and misinform the USA and Turkish publics", the embassy said, according to a BBC translation.

However, the Turkish Embassy in Washington rejected those assertions and said Ankara did not provide any assurance related to the ongoing judicial process in Turkey.

The embassy said Turkish authorities gave assurances that they will detain no local staff employed by USA missions for performing their official duties.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating the unrest - a charge the cleric denies. The embassy stressed, however, that the Turkish government has given no assurances to Washington, refuting the US embassy's earlier claim.

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