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Turkey says will not submit to 'impositions' from United States in visa crisis

Turkey says will not submit to 'impositions' from United States in visa crisis

A USA envoy arrived in Ankara this week to resolve the dispute, but it has yet to make any headway.

The US delegation has laid out four conditions to solve the crisis, private broadcaster Haberturk reported, including a request that Ankara provide evidence related to the detentions.

The row was sparked on October 8, when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services for Turkish nationals, following the arrest of a local employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Ankara.

Washington first suspended visa services at its missions in Turkey, after Turkish authorities detained two Turkish nationals employed as U.S. consular staff.

Moreover, Turkey should provide the USA with full information about the progress of the investigation. The Turkish side wanted to revert to decision to suspend visa applications. Non-immigrant visas are issued to people who travel for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work or study.




Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in NY, where Trump praised Erdogan as a friend despite tensions in two countries' relations over a number of issues.

The locally-hired employee of the USA consulate in Istanbul who was arrested earlier this month on charges of links to Fetullah Gulen, the alleged orchestrator of last year's coup attempt, was identified by Turkey's Anadolu Agency as Metin Topuz.

This latest incident aggravated the already tense relationship between Washington and Ankara.

Both were detained on suspicion of links to last year´s failed coup, allegations the United States has rejected.