Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US, Turkey to resume issuing non-immigrant visas

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

The day after the USA suspended the services in Turkey, the Turkish government responded in kind, suspending visa services for Americans and releasing a statement that mirrored the U.S's.

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

News of the partial resumption of visa services reported by local media earlier has helped the Turkish lira strengthen to 3.8356 to the dollar from 3.8708 beforehand.

The Turkish government is expected to reciprocate, potentially resolving a diplomatic standoff that began a month ago, following the arrest of a local employee of a US Consulate.

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

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.

Turkish authorities, commenting on the arrest of the Consulate General's employee, noted that he had links with the movement of Fethullah Gulen. "We are also concerned about the cases against U.S. citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency", the embassy said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating the unrest - a charge the cleric denies. It said the USA mission workers detained or arrested in Turkey were not held for their work, but because they were accused of "serious crimes".

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, September 21, 2017, in NY.

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