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Turkey and U.S. trade visa blows; scale back services

Oct 09, 2017, 5:42 AM EDT
The Turkish authorities said they are reassessing Washington’s commitment to the security of the Turkish missions and personnel.
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In a tit-for-tat move, the U.S. and Turkey mutually suspended most visa services for travel between the two countries on Sunday, following a diplomatic row triggered by the arrest of a U.S. consulate worker in Istanbul over alleged links to a cleric accused of masterminding last year’s failed coup in Turkey.

The Turkish authorities issued virtually a copy of the American statement released last week, informing that Ankara is reassessing Washington’s commitment to the security of the Turkish missions and personnel, writes the BBC.

The diplomatic rift between the two countries has widened in recent months with the U.S. not heeding to Ankara’s request to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen and also over Washington’s support to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, notes Al Jazeera.

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