U.S. Suspends Visa Services for Turkish Citizens, Turkey Follows Suit

By Paul Riegler on 8 October 2017
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The United States announced on Sunday the immediate suspension of nonimmigrant visa services at its diplomatic posts in Turkey. Turkey followed suit just a few hours later with a reciprocal statement.

Recent events have forced the United States Embassy in Ankara to “reassess the commitment of the government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel,” the United States Mission to Turkey said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. followed suit with a similar statement late Sunday. The embassy said it would suspend visa services for U.S. citizens and “reassess the commitment of the government of the United States to the security of Turkish mission facilities and personnel.”

“In order to minimise the number of visitors to our Embassy and Consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all Turkish diplomatic facilities in US,” the Turkish government said.

The measures apply to e-Visas, visas issued at Turkish borders, and visas in passports.

The move follows the arrest last week of a local employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul over alleged links to the movement of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric the Turkish government accused of masterminding last year’s failed coup.

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