USA embassy in Turkey starts to issue visas

US embassy in Turkey resuming visa issuing on ‘limited basis

In the U.S. diplomatic missions in Turkey has resumed the process of issuing visas to Turkish citizens, Anadolu reports.

Easing a almost month-long visa logjam and row in bilateral relations, United States missions in Turkey on Monday announced resumption of visa services on a "limited basis".

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will go to the US on Tuesday, November 7, for a visit until November 10, during which he is due to hold talks with US Vice President Mike Pence.

The statement came after a statement by the US' embassy in Ankara, which said that USA received initial high-level assurances from Turkey that there were no additional local employees of USA missions under investigation.

The move came after a United States consulate staff member in Istanbul was arrested for allegedly having ties to Fethullah Gulen.

"We believe the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the resumption of limited visa services in Turkey", the US Mission to Turkey said in a statement on its website on Monday.

Topuz was detained on charges of espionage and alleged ties to Gulen.

Turkish authorities, commenting on the arrest of the Consulate General's employee, noted that he had links with the movement of Fethullah Gulen. We are also concerned about the cases against USA citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency. He was the second local staff member at a US mission in Turkey to be held.

Regarding Turkish citizens detained in the US, the embassy said that Turkey "has very serious concerns".

Gulen denies involvement in the attempted coup.

Washington condemned the move as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.

Their trial is scheduled to start on November 27.

TRT World's Andrew Hopkins has the latest from Ankara.

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