U.S. mission to Turkey suspends visa services for security reasons

Ukraine and Turkey signed on Monday a number of cooperation agreements, including an action plan for development of bilateral relations for 2017-2019, the press service of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

"Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey to the security of US mission and personnel", the statement by the mission in Ankara said.

A first version of the Turkish statement that was posted on the embassy's Twitter account yesterday afternoon had said the measure would apply "to visas in passports".

He said the embassy had been unable to learn the reasons for the arrest of a Turkish staff member last week and or what evidence exists against the employee. Bass is at the end of his posting and is due to leave Turkey at the weekend.

His remarks came three days after the USA suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey.

Turkey is calling for a normalization of relations with the United States following rising diplomatic tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. -Turkish tensions have risen over US military support for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, considered by Ankara to be an extension of the banned PKK, which has waged an insurgency for three decades in southeast Turkey. The cheering crowd held banners praising Erdogan, while many struggled to shake hands with the Turkish president.

USA pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, has also been behind bars for a year for alleged links to Gulen.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the US decision as "upsetting", saying Turkey's response is "based on the rules of reciprocity".

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