State Dept. to Resume Full Visa Services in Turkey

Katrina Barker
December 29, 2017

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

Services were halted following the arrest of a local consulate employee in Istanbul, who remains incarcerated on terrorism-related charges.

The State Department says Turkey "adhered to the high-level assurances" that no other local employees are under investigation and that local staff of the USA embassy and consulate won't be arrested for doing their jobs.

However, the state department also said it still had serious concerns about allegations against its arrested local employees and about cases against U.S. citizens who have been detained under the state of emergency.

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.

We continue to have serious concerns about the existing allegations against arrested local employees of our Mission in Turkey.

The lira was trading 1 percent higher at 3.7806 as of 5:08 p.m.in Istanbul, trimming losses since the beginning of October to 5.7 percent, the third-worst performance among 24 emerging market currencies tracked by Bloomberg.

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

"We are also concerned about the cases against USA citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency", the department said.

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

"By lifting restrictions on USA visa applications for our citizens, we welcome the decision to return to the old plan as of today".

"In the USA the description in the context of assurance mentioned, Turkey is a state of law, with regard to file ongoing judicial process did not give any assurance of our government, due to the exercise of their official duties no representations officials in our country, we want to emphasize that the criminal investigation, subjecting".

But a statement issued by Turkey denies giving the United States any such assurances.

The call came after the resumption of respective visa services both in Turkey and the U.S.

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. "Ankara has assured the United States at the highest level about the cessation of arrests or any further investigation of any embassy staff of USA consulate general - the representatives of the U.S. embassy said".

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