USA says believes in visa crisis settlement between Ankara, Washington

Geneva Matthews
December 29, 2017

The U.S. embassy in Turkey has announced it's resuming normal visa services for Turkish citizens, saying Turkish authorities had adhered to assurances that no local staff would be detained or arrested for performing their duties.

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

Shortly after the USA announcement, Ankara's embassy in Washington announced that Turkish missions in the United States will also resume full visa services for U.S. citizens matching the American move.

"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. The employee of U.S. consulate was arrested over suspected links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup in Ankara.

The US will reinstate full visa services for Turkish nationals, ending a suspension that lasted more than two months and highlighted strained relations between the two countries, the US diplomatic mission to Turkey has confirmed.

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday the full resumption of visa services with Turkey, after a suspension that lasted for almost two months.

Turkey retaliated by halting visa services for Americans in the United States.

Turkey reciprocated the measure shortly thereafter, blocking non-immigrant visa services for U.S. citizens.

Earlier, the United States had said it was suspending the processing of all non-immigrant visas in Turkey following the "recent events that have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the government of Turkey to the security of USA mission facilities and personnel".

The embassy said Turkish authorities gave assurances that they will detain no local staff employed by United States missions for performing their official duties. The embassy stressed, however, that the Turkish government has given no assurances to Washington, refuting the US embassy's earlier claim.

Turkey was pleased by the announcement but hit back regarding the statement issued by the USA, saying that it had provided no such assurances in relations to ongoing legal issues.

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