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.
Read More

Featured

India, Saudi Arabia Ties ‘Under Duress’ After Riyadh Introduces A New Economic Measure?

Just when India’s coronavirus-battered economy started showing signs of recovery, Saudi Arabia's decision to cut crude oil production does not augur well for the...

​China’s Growing Global Stature As Weapons Producer Threatens Russia’s Export Revenues

China overtook Russia to become the world's No. 2 arms producer between 2015 and 2019, according to data released by the Stockholm International Peace...

Why Anti-Israel Rhetoric Keeps Resurfacing In Pakistan Despite Imran Khan Ruling Out Ties With Jewish State?

Pakistan is witnessing a wide-scale anti-Israel movement led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (Fazl), a right-wing Islamist party, which opposes...

Why India’s Ruling Party BJP May Wash Its Hands Of Supreme Court-Monitored NRC Exercise

India’s biggest dilemma vis-à-vis the issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh is that its all-weather ally Dhaka never acknowledges this as their problem. And...

India’s Arsenal Of Nuclear Weapons Growing; Rafale Jets Remain The Ideal Choice For Delivery – Analysis

Has India has slowly & steadily been building its inventory of nuclear weapons that could be delivered, in times of need, by the newly-acquired...