US Resumes Visa Services in Turkey, Easing Diplomatic Strains

US Resumes Visa Services in Turkey, Easing Diplomatic Strains

US, Turkey to resume full visa services

"We welcome the decision of the United States to resume as of today regular visa procedures, by lifting the restrictions applied to our citizens", the Turkish Embassy in the USA said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday the full resumption of visa services with Turkey, after a suspension that lasted for almost two months.

The US will reinstate full visa services for Turkish nationals, ending a suspension that lasted more than two months and highlighted strained relations between the two countries, the US diplomatic mission to Turkey has confirmed.

The U.S. and Turkey have resumed normal visa processing services. Reports say the man was accused of having ties to followers of the cleric blamed for 2016's failed coup.

The US Embassy said in a statement on Thursday that "the Department of State is confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow the full resumption of visa services in Turkey".

Non-immigrant visas include student, tourist, media and work visas.

In a reciprocal move, Turkey also lifted restrictions on visa services for American citizens, according to the embassy.

"In the USA the description in the context of assurance mentioned, Turkey is a state of law, with regard to file ongoing judicial process did not give any assurance of our government, due to the exercise of their official duties no representations officials in our country, we want to emphasize that the criminal investigation, subjecting".

Although the embassy said it still remains concerned for its arrested staff in Turkey, the progress in ironing out differences may ease the perception of political risk, a key reason for the lira's weakness against the dollar in the fourth quarter.

"We find it wrong to misinform the Turkish and the American public by claiming that the USA received assurances from Turkey", the statement said. The embassy stressed, however, that the Turkish government has given no assurances to Washington, refuting the US embassy's earlier claim.

Washington had condemned the arrest of the consulate employee, a male Turkish citizen, as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.

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