Turkey ETF Rebounds as Ankara, Washington End Visa Dispute

Turkey ETF Rebounds as Ankara, Washington End Visa Dispute

Turkey ETF Rebounds as Ankara, Washington End Visa Dispute

After a diplomatic conflict between the two countries resulted in each suspending visa services at embassies, relations have normalized. After the detention of Topuz, the U.S. chose to suspend the issuance of visas to Turkish citizens and in retaliation, Ankara adopted a similar decision with regard to American citizens.

U.S. missions in Turkey are to resume full visa services following security assurances from Turkey's government on United States consular staff.

They were restored after Turkey assured US authorities that no other local employees were under investigation and that local staffers wouldn't be detained for doing their jobs, the embassy said in a statement Thursday.

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

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

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

"Within the framework of the principle of reciprocity, the restrictions placed from our side on the visa regime for U.S. citizens are being lifted simultaneously", it said in a statement. We continue to have serious concerns about the existing allegations against arrested local employees of our Mission in Turkey.

The department announced the move Thursday, saying Turkish authorities upheld their promise of not arresting staff at the US embassy or consulates for performing their job duties. "Turkey is a state of law, and our government has given no assurances with regards to ongoing judicial processes". Meanwhile, the Turkish embassy said that Ankara did not give the United States any guarantees in connection with the ongoing trials.

Turkey has for months been pressing Washington to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen over his alleged role in the botched coup in July 2016.

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