USA missions in Turkey partially resume visa issuing

Posted November 07, 2017

In the USA diplomatic missions in Turkey has resumed the process of issuing visas to Turkish citizens, Anadolu reports.

Easing a almost month-long visa logjam and row in bilateral relations, United States missions in Turkey on Monday said they had begun to accept visa application on a limited basis, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

In turn, the Daily Sabah reports that the Americans resumed the issuance of visas to the visit of Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, in the United States. That move followed the arrest of a local employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Ankara.

"We believe the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the resumption of limited visa services in Turkey", the US Mission to Turkey said in a statement on its website on Monday.

It said it also received "initial assurances" from Ankara that its local staff would not be detained or arrested for performing their jobs.

Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 24, 2013. "We are also concerned about the cases against USA citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency", the embassy said.

"We continue to have serious concerns about the existing cases against arrested local employees of our mission in Turkey".

Turkey has pressed Washington for the extradition of the Pennsylvania-based Gulen, who denies any link to the coup bid.

Turkey has also pledged to inform the United States government should Turkey plan to detain or arrest any of the local staff in the future, the USA mission said.