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12 October 2017, 03:27 | Erica Roy
Tillerson discusses visa crisis with Turkish foreign minister
Hours later, Ankara issued a similar suspension on visas for U.S. citizens in a tit-for-tat move.
The US Embassy in Ankara on October 8 announced it had suspended non-immigrant visa services at all diplomatic facilities in Turkey, as response, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services in the US, citing security concerns.
Turkish and US officials made a decision to meet to work on resolving a diplomatic crisis between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and talks between the two countries' foreign ministers were constructive, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the dispute has not affected the U.S. military's relationship with Turkey's armed forces.
Ambassador John Bass told reporters the embassy hasn't received evidence supporting the allegations. He also emphasized the importance of transparency and the need for the evidence behind the accusations to be known, Nauert said. "If the ambassador acted on his own, then the US administration should not keep him there for a minute".
He also said a United States consulate employee arrested in Turkey had not demanded lawyer access and the USA mission could apply to send a lawyer to see him.
On Monday, Istanbul prosecutors summoned another Turkish national working for the USA consulate to testify.
"The employees in question are Turkish and not the USA citizens", the spokesman added.
Ties between the two countries are tense over Gulen, who is wanted in Turkey but who denies allegations of plotting the failed coup. In a purge that followed the attempted putsch, about 110,000 people have been removed from state jobs; banks, businesses and media outlets were seized or shut down; and tens of thousands, including army officers, academics and journalists, remain in detention. Because this is the position they are holding. U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have directly called on Erdogan in private meetings to set him free.
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