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Erdogan blames U.S. for initiating visa row with Turkey

11 October 2017

Meanwhile, Bass denied Turkish press reports alleging that a second USA consulate employee was hiding inside after an arrest warrant was issued against him, saying that "no one is hiding in any of our facilities".

"We hope that relations between two allies will return to normal in a short time", he said in the Turkish capital. It said the measures would apply to e-Visas, visas issued at borders and visas in passports.

Metin Topuz, a long-standing USA consulate employee, was arrested last week over alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, which is said to have orchestrated last year's attempted coup in Turkey.

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Nauert said one of the individuals arrested was assigned to strengthen law enforcement cooperation between the United States embassy and the local police.

Metin Topuz is accused of espionage and "attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and constitution".

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.

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On Sunday, the US embassy announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services at the US diplomatic facilities in Turkey over the recent arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul. The suspended services will affect business, tourism, medical treatment, student, exchange visitor, crew member, media and journalist, treaty trader, diplomatic and official visas.

Erdogan said that "a lot of work" had to be done to achieve this goal, in particular, it was necessary to reach the final stage of the signing of the free trade agreement and switch to its practical implementation. Sandzak, where many people consider Bosnia or Turkey - rather than Serbia - as their motherland, has remained peaceful but tense over the years.

He was referring to Metin Topuz, a veteran Turkish employee of the USA consulate in Istanbul, who was detained last week for alleged link with the US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for having masterminded the failed coup in July 2016.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday blamed the US ambassador during a visit in Serbia for the diplomatic spat, saying Ankara no longer considers him as Washington's envoy. Gulen has denied any role in the failed coup.

Erdogan blames U.S. for initiating visa row with Turkey