United States Embassy announces end to visa crisis with Turkey

US announces full resumption of visa services in Turkey

Based on assurances from Turkey's government, the USA said it was "confident" that security had improved enough to warrant the "full resumption" of visa services at its embassy in Ankara, the Turkish capital, and U.S. consulates in the country. "Ankara has assured the USA at the highest level about the cessation of arrests or any further investigation of any embassy staff of U.S. consulate general - the representatives of the United States embassy said".

The U.S. and Turkey have resumed normal visa processing services.

The US embassy in Ankara called the security situation in Turkey "sufficiently favorable" for the resumption of the process of issuing visas to Turkish citizens, the Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported. "U.S. officials will continue to engage with their Turkish counterparts to seek a satisfactory resolution to these cases".

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

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

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

"We find it wrong to misinform the Turkish and the American public by claiming that the USA received assurances from Turkey", the statement said. The embassy stressed, however, that the Turkish government has given no assurances to Washington, refuting the USA embassy's earlier claim.

The tension in US-Turkish relations worsened after the October 4 detention of US Consul General in Istanbul Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen, on suspicion of having links with the Turkish designated terrorist organization FETO headed by Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.

"We don't find it proper that the USA claims it's received assurances from Turkey and is misinforming the public, despite the fact that we've drawn attention to the issue before", Turkey's Embassy in Washington said.

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