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USA and Turkey resume processing some visas after spat

07 November 2017

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

Turkey and the United State mutually suspended all non-immigrant visa services on October 8, after Turkey's arrest of a U.S. consulate employee.

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

But the embassy on Monday said it had received "initial high-level assurances" from Turkey that "no additional local employees of our mission in Turkey (are) under investigation".

The Turkish embassy in Washington said nearly immediately it would match the move, announced on the eve of a visit to the United States by Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington posted a brief statement on Twitter, announcing that it was also resuming "limited" visa services.

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"We continue to have serious concerns about the existing cases against arrested local employees of our mission in Turkey", Nauert also said in her statement.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will go to the US on Tuesday, November 7, for a visit until November 10, during which he is due to hold talks with US Vice President Mike Pence. He has been held in Turkey since October 2016 on charges of being a member of Gulen's group. The U.S. Embassy denies the accusations against them.

An email from USA visa services received by some Turkish visa applicants said applications were being processed on a limited basis at US diplomatic representations in Turkey. They include Pastor Andrew Brunson who was detained past year and is accused of terror-related charges for alleged ties to Gulen's movement.

Earlier Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced in a statement it would partially resume issuing visas in Turkey after getting assurances about the safety of staff at its missions there.

Gulen denies involvement in the attempted coup.

USA and Turkey resume processing some visas after spat