United States, Turkey Resume Visa Services

United States, Turkey Resume Visa Services

Earlier on Thursday, the State Department released a statement that indicated visa services in Turkey had been fully restored.

There are at least 11 U.S. citizens now under arrest in Turkey.

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.

They were restored after Turkey assured USA 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.

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Turkey responded in kind Thursday, announcing an end to restrictions on visa issuances to USA citizens.

But the department also says it still has concerns about existing allegations against local employees and against USA citizens arrested under the state of emergency.

The state department said it was "confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently".

That followed the arrest of Metin Topuz - a USA consulate employee who was arrested for alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

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Turkey had "adhered to high level assurances" made to the U.S., it said.

The U.S. continues to engage with Turkish officials in order to resolve these issues.

Turkey had also promised "that local staff of our embassy and consulates will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties" and that it would inform the United States in advance if it intends to detain or arrest any local staff members, the USA embassy statement reads.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a media conference at the Presidential Palace in Carthage, outside Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

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Ankara responded with an identical statement, imposing tit-for-tat travel restrictions, by issuing a statement through its embassy in Washington, saying, "Recent events have forced Turkish Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of the United States to the security of Turkish Mission facilities and personnel".

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