Ankara: The United States has fully renewed the issuance of visas in
Turkey after the suspension of this process due to the detention of
Turkish diplomats by Turkish law enforcers.
"The US State Department is sure that the security situation has been so improved that it would be possible to fully restore visa services in Turkey. We continue to be seriously concerned about the existing allegations regarding the arrested local workers of our mission in Turkey. We are also concerned about cases against US citizens who were arrested in a state of emergency. US officials will continue to work with their Turkish counterparts to find a solution to these cases, "the US embassy in Ankara said.
It is noted that since October this year Turkey has conscientiously fulfilled the requirements that the US has been issued on informing in case of possible detention of US diplomats and their security in the performance of official duties.
In early November, the Embassy of the United States of America in Ankara and the Consulate General in Istanbul resumed issuing nonimmigrant visas to Turkish citizens.
On Sunday, October 8, due to the detention of an employee of the US Consulate in Turkey, the United States decided to suspend the issuance of visas to Turkish citizens. This decision was caused by the fact that the Turkish authorities on October 5 arrested an American consular officer on suspicion of having ties with Fethullah Gülen, who is considered the leader of the failed coup d'état last year in Turkey. According to Turkish law enforcers, he is accused of espionage and attempts to destroy the constitutional order of Turkey.
On the same day, Ankara took mirror measures, stopping issuing visas to US citizens. Because of this, the shares of the Turkish airline Turkish Airlines collapsed by 11%.