United States, Turkey Resume Visa Services

United States, Turkey Resume Visa Services

United States, Turkey Resume Visa Services

"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. After the detention of Topuz, the United States chose to suspend the issuance of visas to Turkish citizens and in retaliation, Ankara adopted a similar decision with regard to American citizens.

The call came after the resumption of respective visa services both in Turkey and the U.S.

Earlier, the US Embassy in Ankara said in a statement that the issuance of non-immigrant visas to Turkish citizens will be resumed in January 2019, Trend reports.

It said that Washington continued to have concerns about the two employees detained.

But the Turkish embassy statement took issue with this, saying that "Turkey is a state of law" and "no such assurances have been given regarding cases pending in the courts".

Later on Thursday, the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC, which had also blocked some visa services for U.S. nationals, said it "welcome [d] the decision" by the United States and would end its own visa restrictions.

Turkey's lira firmed to 3.78 against the USA dollar after the statement, its highest level since 31 October, and the main share index BIST100 climbed 2.08 percent to reach its highest closing level ever.

Turkey has blamed Gulen, a US-based Muslim leader, of being behind a failed coup attempt past year, an accusation that Gulen has vehemently denied.

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Erdogan, who has been accused by witnesses in the case of being involved in the scheme, has slammed the trial, calling it a "clear plot" by Gulen.

But the services were so limited that the first interview appointments for Turks seeking most types of USA visa were only available from January 2019, causing uproar on social media.

"In the USA the description in the context of assurance mentioned, Turkey is a state of law, with regard to file ongoing judicial process did not give any assurance of our government, due to the exercise of their official duties no representations officials in our country, we want to emphasize that the criminal investigation, subjecting".

USA officials said Thursday "serious concerns" remain about existing allegations against employees that were previously in Turkey.

But a statement issued by Turkey denies giving the USA any such assurances.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said, however, that it had not offered any assurances to the USA over its detained staff.

In March, a Turkish employee at the U.S. consulate in the southern city of Adana was also arrested on charges of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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