US Resumes Granting Visa to Turkish Citizens

US Resumes Granting Visa to Turkish Citizens

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

Shortly after the U.S. announcement, Ankara's embassy in Washington announced that Turkish missions in the United States will also resume full visa services for USA citizens matching the American move. Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to United States citizens.

Turkey has blamed Gulen, a US-based Muslim leader, of being behind a failed coup attempt previous year, an accusation that Gulen has vehemently denied.

Turkey had "adhered to high level assurances" made to the United States and, as a result, the US State Department "is confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey", the embassy said in a statement.

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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 G├╝len.


Non-immigrant visas include student, tourist, media and work visas.

Although the embassy said it still remains concerned for its arrested staff in Turkey, the progress in ironing out differences may ease the perception of political risk, a key reason for the lira's weakness against the dollar in the fourth quarter.

Turkey was pleased by the announcement but hit back regarding the statement issued by the US, saying that it had provided no such assurances in relations to ongoing legal issues.

But the Turkish embassy statement took issue with this, saying that "Turkey is a state of law" and "no such assurances have been given regarding cases pending in the courts".

The Turkish embassy in Washington said, however, that it had not offered any assurances to the USA over its detained staff.

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