United States to resume full visa services in Turkey

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United States to resume full visa services in Turkey

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday the full resumption of visa services with Turkey, after a suspension that lasted for almost two months.

The U.S. stopped issuing non-immigrant visas in Turkey after a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul was arrested in October. The employee of United States consulate was arrested over suspected links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup in Ankara.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the full return of visa services in Turkey via its social media account earlier on the same day, ending the so-called visa crisis between the two countries.

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Turkey, while announcing the end of restrictions on visas to USA citizens, took issue with the U.S. declaration.

Thursday, the State Department said Turkey adhered to "high-level assurances" that there are no local employees under investigation, and that embassy consultants would not be arrested or detained.

"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".

"We do not approve of the United States providing the Turkish and American public wrongful information", the embassy said.

In March, a Turkish employee at the USA consulate in the southern city of Adana was also arrested on charges of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier called the USA move to suspend non-immigrant visa operations at diplomatic facilities in Turkey "upsetting".

Turkey has for months been pressing Washington to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen over his alleged role in the botched coup in July 2016.

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