Saturday, January 23, 2021

US Resumes Granting Visa’s to Turkish Citizens

The United States announced the resumption of issuing American visas to Turkish citizens. 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.

The United States had earlier stopped issuing all non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals after the arrest of one of its consulate employees. The employee of US consulate was arrested over suspected links to a cleric blamed for last year’s failed coup in Ankara.

The US embassy drew attention to the fact that since October 2017, the Turkish authorities did not initiate any new actions or investigations against US consulate members in Turkey. “Ankara has assured the US at the highest level about the cessation of arrests or any further investigation of any embassy staff of US consulate general – the representatives of the US embassy said.

US-Turkey Conflict: Now Turkey Suspends Visa for US Citizens

Ankara assured the US that in the future that Turkish authorities will notify Washington in advance about any possible detention/investigation of any US embassy staff member in Turkey. “In response to assurances from the Turkish side, the US State Department came to the conclusion that the security situation in Turkey is quite good for the resumption of visa services, the embassy officials said.

Following this, the Embassy of Turkey in Washington announced the resumption of the process of issuing visas to US citizens in response to a similar decision by the American side. Meanwhile, the Turkish embassy said that Ankara did not give the US any guarantees in connection with the ongoing trials. 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.  After the detention of Topuz, the US decided to suspend the issuance of visas to Turkish citizens and in retaliation, Ankara adopted a similar decision with regard to American citizens.
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