US-Turkey Mutually Suspend Visa Services Amid Consular Row

US-Turkey Mutually Suspend Visa Services Amid Consular Row

Washington(October 9, 2017): Turkey and the US have become embroiled in a consular row, mutually suspending most visa services.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said it needed to “reassess” the US government’s commitment to the security of the mission and personnel.

Washington condemned the move as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.The arrested consulate employee was a male Turkish citizen, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

A very similar statement was earlier made by the US embassy in Ankara. This comes after a US consulate worker in Istanbul was held last week on suspicion of links to a cleric blamed for last year’s failed coup in Turkey.

In its statement, the Turkish embassy in Washington said: “Recent events have forced the Turkish government to reassess the commitment of the government of the US to the security of the Turkish mission facilities and personnel.

In the aftermath of the coup attempt, which was led by military officers, 40,000 people were arrested and 120,000 sacked or suspended.

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