United States embassy in Turkey 'partially resumes' visas after month-long pause

US resumes limited visa services in Turkey diplomatic source

US resumes limited visa services in Turkey diplomatic source

"Soon after the confirmation of the United States, the Turkish official said that Turkey could partially facilitate visa services after Washington's decision", - writes the edition.

The website of US Embassy and Consulates in Turkey said: "The US Mission in Turkey has resumed processing non-immigrant visas on a limited basis". Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to U.S. citizens, according to Trend.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington tweeted soon after the American statement was released that the Turkish government would begin to process visa applications of U.S. citizens on a "limited basis" as well.

The statement also said Turkey had not offered the United States any assurances regarding the cases of US mission workers in Turkey. Applicants who wish to travel to the United States may now reschedule appointments. "Please note, however, that limited appointment availability could result in longer than normal wait times", the email added. The email went on to give instructions on expedited appointments.

On Oct. 8, 2017, the US suspended issuance of visas to Turkish citizens due to the arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul. A Turkish court arrested him on charges of having links with the organization of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO).

The US embassy said Turkish authorities indicated they would inform the US government in advance if they meant to detain or arrest a local employee in the future.

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.

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that also plays host to a strategic air base close to the borders with Syria and Iraq, have been strained over the United States refusal to extradite the cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

Meanwhile, members of Erdogan's security detail were indicted by United States authorities after clashes with protesters during an official White House visit in May, infuriating the Turkish president.

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