US, Turkey to resume visa services

29 December, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Turkey US restore visa services

US missions stopped issuing visas to Turkish citizens in October after a local employee of the US Consulate in Istanbul was detained in a probe into last year's coup attempt.

The visa row was sparked October 8, when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services for Turkish nationals.

The United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions on Thursday after Washington said Ankara had kept to assurances that no other U.S. mission staff would be targeted for performing official duties.

Turkish stocks and country-specific ETF strengthened Thursday after the USA and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions, ending months-long dispute over diplomatic duties.

The US Embassy in Turkey says it is resuming normal visa services for Turkish citizens following Ankara's security assurances for local staff at US missions.

Washington D.C. [United States], December 28: The United States and Turkey are going to resume full capacity visa proceedings for each other's citizens after a months-long diplomatic row.

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"In accordance with the principle of reciprocity, restrictions on visa services applied to American citizens have been lifted simultaneously", the Turkish embassy said in a statement.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have become strained in the previous year with Turkey angered by what it sees as U.S. reluctance to hand over Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for the coup attempt in July of 2016.

Non-immigrant visas include student, tourist, media and work visas.

"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".

The call came after the resumption of respective visa services both in Turkey and the U.S. The embassy stressed, however, that the Turkish government has given no assurances to Washington, refuting the USA embassy's earlier claim.

"Regarding the assurances expressed in the USA statement, we would like to emphasise that Turkey is a state of law, and that our government has not provided any assurances concerning the ongoing judicial processes", the Turkish embassy's statement read.



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