The US Says Visa Services Will Resume In Turkey After Dispute

Posted December 29, 2017

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

Based on assurances from Turkey's government, the U.S. said it was "confident" that security had improved enough to warrant the "full resumption" of visa services at its embassy in Ankara, the Turkish capital, and U.S. consulates in the country.

According to the message, the U.S. embassy will also restore the issuance of visas to Turkish citizens.

The United States had earlier stopped issuing all non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals after the arrest of one of its consulate employees.

The U.S. remains concerned about the existing allegations against workers for the U.S. Mission in Turkey as well as allegations against U.S. citizens in the country, which sparked the crisis in October.

The lira was trading 1 percent higher at 3.7806 as of 5:08 p.m.in Istanbul, trimming losses since the beginning of October to 5.7 percent, the third-worst performance among 24 emerging market currencies tracked by Bloomberg. We are also concerned about the cases against USA citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency.

There are at least 11 USA citizens now under arrest in Turkey. "U.S. officials will continue to engage with their Turkish counterparts to seek a satisfactory resolution to these cases".

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

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

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

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

The United States announced the resumption of issuing American visas to Turkish citizens.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier called the US move to suspend non-immigrant visa operations at diplomatic facilities in Turkey "upsetting".

After receiving assurances its locally employed staff members would not be arrested for performing duties such as communicating with Turkish officials, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Turkish capital, started processing visas on a "limited" basis in November.