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U.S. resumes 'limited' visa services to Turkish citizens

U.S. resumes 'limited' visa services to Turkish citizens

On Oct. 8, 2017, the US suspended issuance of visas to Turkish citizens due to the arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul.

The move comes on the eve of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's visit to Washington.

A us embassy statement said it had received "high-level assurances" from Turkey that no additional local employees were under investigation.

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The US embassy in Turkey has started to issue visas, the Turkish media reports citing the embassy November 6.

The employee, Metin Topuz, was suspected of having ties with Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based cleric whom the Turkish government blames for last summer's failed coup.

The very next day the Turkish Embassy in the USA announced the suspension of the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to found courtesy of my American, the mirror answering a similar move in Washington.

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The Turkish embassy in Washington only said on its official Twitter account it was resuming visa services on a "limited basis" in the US.

It added that there were also assurances that local staff would not be "detained or arrested for performing their official duties". He was the second local staff member at a US mission in Turkey to be held.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced visa applications were being processed on a limited basis at its diplomatic missions in Turkey. Turkey retaliated by halting visa services in the USA for Americans who want to travel to Turkey. Gulen has denied the accusation.

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Since last July's coup bid, over 50,000 people have been arrested and accused of links to Gulen and his movement under the state of emergency imposed in July 2016.