Turkey urges U.S. to reverse visa suspension, defends arrest of consulate worker

Turkish security members stand outside the U. S. Consulate in Istanbul Turkey

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This includes all nonimmigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the USA embassy undersecretary on Monday, stating that the visa suspension has caused "unnecessary tensions" and should be reversed, sources told Reuters.

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Meanwhile, President Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the US ambassador to Turkey John Bass for the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, traveling in Ukraine on Monday, addressed the issue at a news conference and explained why he ordered his staff to reciprocate.

"We hope that the relations between the two allies will return to normal soon", Yildirim said during a meeting with provincial governors at Cankaya Palace in the capital Ankara.

Though the Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the USA embassy undersecretary to resolve this latest visa crisis, it's not looking likely that relations will return to normal any time soon.

The American ambassador in Ankara, John Bass, said via Twitter the decision was taken after the arrest of a consulate worker in connection with last year's failed coup.

"Above all, the decision is very upsetting". Turkey has also announced that it has suspended visa procedures for United States citizens in retaliation for this decision.

Relations between Ankara and Washington have been plagued by disputes over USA support for YPG in Syria, Turkey's calls for the extradition of a US-based cleric and the indictment of a Turkish former minister in a United States court. The embassy statement said it needed to reassess "the commitment of the government of Turkey to the security of USA mission and personnel". "Turkey is a state of law, not a tribal state".

He was arrested late on Wednesday on charges of "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and Turkey's government", and "spying", a judicial source said.

The Turkish foreign ministry last week said the United States has no grounds to protest the arrest.

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