US, Turkey to resume issuing non-immigrant visas

US, Turkey to resume issuing non-immigrant visas

US, Turkey to resume issuing non-immigrant visas

"The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed processing visas on limited basis", said the email.

Last month, U.S. missions suspended all non-immigrant visa services after Turkey's arrest of a USA consulate employee.

In turn, the Daily Sabah reports that the Americans resumed the issuance of visas to the visit of Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, in the United States. "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).

Turkey has pressed Washington for the extradition of the Pennsylvania-based Gulen, who denies any link to the coup bid. Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to United States citizens, according to Trend.

"Recent events have forced the Turkish Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of the USA to the security of the Turkish Mission facilities and personnel", the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC, said at the time.

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But the embassy on Monday said it had received "initial high-level assurances" from Turkey that "no additional local employees of our mission in Turkey (are) 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.

It said the USA mission workers detained or arrested in Turkey were not held for their work, but because they were accused of "serious crimes".

In the email sent visa Information center United States of America at the number of Turkish citizens who have applied previously for a US visa, saying the resumption of acceptance of applications in a limited manner. Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The mutual halt in the issuing of visas had become the most painful symbol of an increasingly troubled relationship between Washington and Ankara.

Meanwhile, members of Erdogan's security detail were indicted by U.S. authorities after clashes with protesters during an official White House visit in May, infuriating the Turkish president.

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