Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Erdogan targets United States ambassador over visa dispute

President Erdogan targets United States ambassador over visa dispute

Turkey's state news agency is reporting that authorities there are looking to question a second Turkish national who works at the USA consulate in Istanbul - on suspected ties to last year's military coup.

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In response to the shutdown of US visa processing in Turkey, the Turkish government has likewise suspended all visa processing for USA citizens.

"We hope that the relations between the two allies will return to normal soon", Yildirim said during a meeting with provincial governors at Cankaya Palace in the capital Ankara.

The US mission in Turkey and subsequently the Turkish mission in Washington mutually reduced visa services after a locally-hired US mission employee was detained in Turkey last week.

Speaking at a news conference in Belgrade, Erdogan blamed the United States for causing the dispute between the two countries.

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In response, the United States stopped issuing visitor visas from its missions in Turkey, prompting Turkish missions to hit back with a tit-for-tat step of their own.

The American ambassador in Ankara, John Bass, said via Twitter the decision was taken after the arrest of a consulate worker in connection with last year's failed coup. "We would not be able to do our jobs at the State Department without all these folks who are citizens of other countries who assist the State Department in their activities", Nauert said.

"Before anything else, this decision is very saddening".

Within hours Turkey announced it was taking the same measures against US citizens.

Erdogan said the arrest of the consulate staffer, based on evidence found by the police, shows "something is going on at the Istanbul consulate". "Turkey is a state of law, not a tribal state".

"He [Topuz] is neither a staff of the US Consulate nor does he have any diplomatic or consular immunity", Foreign Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said.

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