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Turkey hopes for quick normalization of soured bilateral ties with US

12 October 2017, 12:59 | Darnell Patrick

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The U.S. mission to Turkey said on Sunday it was reducing visa services after one of its employees was detained last week, saying it needed to "reassess" Turkey's commitment to the security of its personnel.

A first version of the Turkish statement that was posted on the embassy's Twitter account yesterday afternoon had said the measure would apply "to visas in passports". Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported that he allegedly communicated with former police chiefs in a 2013 corruption probe, 121 people involved in the attempted coup and hundreds of people using an encrypted mobile messaging application.

Hamza Ulucay, a translator of the U.S. Consulate in the southern province of Adana, was arrested in March for alleged links to outlawed Kurdish militants.

His remarks came three days after the USA suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey.

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

"Trying a Turkish citizen for a crime committed in Turkey is our right".

Turkey will boycott the upcoming meetings of its representatives with the U.S. ambassador to the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "The document testifies to the readiness of the two educational institutions to develop cooperation in the educational sphere, promotes the exchange of scientific experience and the development of educational programs", the press service said.

Meanwhile, American pastor Andrew Brunson, who ran a church in the western city of Izmir, has been held in Turkey since October 2016 on charges of being a member of Gulen's group.



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