US and Turkey resume full visa services after row

World

Published: 2017-12-29 11:17

Last Updated: 2018-10-13 17:48


The main terminal building at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport. (Wikimedia Commmons)
The main terminal building at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport. (Wikimedia Commmons)
Roya News Source

The US embassy in Turkey is to resume normal visa services for Turkish citizens, saying Turkey had "adhered to high level assurances" that no local staff would be detained or arrested for performing their duties.

Turkey reciprocated the move by restoring full visa services to Americans.

This comes after the U.S. suspended all non-immigrant visa applications at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey on Sunday, on the basis that it was reassessing Turkey's commitment to the security of U.S. facilities and personnel.

Turkey retaliated by suspending non-immigrant visa service in the U.S. citing security concerns.
The US move is believed to be motivated by Washington's concern over Ankara's Syria policy, as well as last week's arrest of a US embassy employee who was held over suspected links to a cleric Fethullah Gülen, blamed for last year's failed coup in Turkey.