Turkey will Boycott Meetings with the US Ambassador

Frederick Owens
October 12, 2017

Turkey hopes ties with the United States could return to normal soon, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

The US Embassy in Ankara made the first move by releasing a statement saying that "recent events have forced the US government to reassess the commitment of the Turkish Government to the security of US diplomatic facilities and personnel". It said the measures would apply to e-Visas, visas issued at borders and visas in passports.

The US had announced its suspension following the arrest of a Turkish member of staff working at the US consulate in Istanbul.

Metin Topuz is accused of espionage and "attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and constitution". Bass is due to leave Turkey later this week for a new assignment in Afghanistan.

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His remarks came three days after the US suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey.

U.S. -Turkish tensions have risen over U.S. military support for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, considered by Ankara to be an extension of the banned PKK, which has waged an insurgency for three decades in southeast Turkey. Turkey considers them a terror group and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, which has waged an insurgency within Turkey's borders for more than 30 years.

"Trying a Turkish citizen for a crime committed in Turkey is our right".

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the US decision as "upsetting", saying Turkey's response is "based on the rules of reciprocity". "The document testifies to the readiness of the two educational institutions to develop cooperation in the educational sphere, promotes the exchange of scientific experience and the development of educational programs", the press service said.

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