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Turkish missions in United States to lift visa restrictions on USA citizens

Turkish missions in United States to lift visa restrictions on USA citizens

It added that Ankara had similarly abided by assurances that local staff "will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties. and that Turkish authorities will inform the USA government in advance if the government of Turkey intends to detain or arrest any member of our local staff in the future".

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.

They were restored after Turkey assured USA authorities that no other local employees were under investigation and that local staffers wouldn't be detained for doing their jobs, the embassy said in a statement Thursday.

But the statement added: "We continue to have serious concerns about the existing allegations against arrested local employees of our mission in Turkey".

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The State Department warned in its statement on Thursday that it was concerned about other arrests of other consulate employees in the country, saying the USA would "continue to engage with their Turkish counterparts to seek a satisfactory resolution to these cases". Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to USA citizens.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said nearly immediately it would match the move, announced on the eve of a visit to the United States by Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Turkey has for months been pressing Washington to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen over his alleged role in the botched coup in July 2016.


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