United States mission to Turkey suspends visa services for security reasons

Aaron Brown
October 12, 2017

Relations between Serbia and Turkey have improved in recent years after decades of mistrust between the two nations.

The dispute blew up last week when Turkey arrested a Turkish employee of the American consulate on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Serbia's president on Tuesday as Ankara stepped up efforts to increase its clout in the Balkans.

"In order to minimise the number of visitors to our embassy and consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all USA diplomatic facilities in Turkey".

He promised more Turkish investments, including a project to build a highway linking the Serbian and Bosnian capitals.

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So far, Erdogan has been careful not to take aim at Trump during the dispute, putting the blame squarely on Bass.

"In order to minimise the number of visitors to our diplomatic and consular missions in the USA while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all visa services regarding the United States citizens at our diplomatic and consular missions", it added.

Some Turkish officials have long alleged a USA hand in the coup attempt on July 15 previous year, which Ankara blames on the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. Gulen denies any involvement.

"We, as Turkey, will not give up on common sense at a time when regional and global tensions have been rising", said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in a speech to provincial governors in Ankara.

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