Turkey pushes US to end visa suspension

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Similarly, U.S. applicants for nonimmigrant visas to Turkey are not able to apply for these visas.

On Sunday, the USA mission announced it was suspending the handling of all regular visa applications following last week's arrest of a United States consulate worker in Istanbul for alleged links to US-based opposition Muslim leader Fethullah Gulen.

Gulen condemned the mutineers and denied any role in the attempted takeover.

But he added that long-term damage - including the prospect of the U.S. seeking an alternative to the Incirlik airbase in Turkey - will materialise if this crisis is not resolved.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held a meeting with a USA diplomat in an effort to de-escalate the situation.

Moreover, political analysts predict that the diplomatic spat will not be easily solved.

Ministry officials told Kosnett the move was creating "unnecessary escalation and victimisation", Anadolu reported. The U.S. won't abandon them because they are the strongest fighting forces, although like Turkey, America has labeled the Kurdish separatist group within Turkey's borders, the PKK, a terrorist group.

The wife and son of the unnamed subject of the warrant, who worked in the Consulate handling issues with Turkish law enforcement, were also said to be questioned by authorities.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a conference in Istanbul, Turkey, September 25, 2017. The US Embassy in Turkey said that it was "deeply" disturbed over the "baseless, anonymous allegations" undermining "this longstanding partnership" between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Turkey had been the keystone of US foreign policy in Syria until USA policy abruptly shifted, diverting resources to supporting Kurdish militias.

Also, Erdogan's decision to buy Russian S400 anti-aircraft missile systems does not appeal to Americans. Topuz was detained on terrorism charges for alleged connections with the Gulen Movement, which Ankara blames for orchestrating last summer's failed coup.

Turkey's embassy in Washington D.C. quickly responded in kind, saying it would halt visa applications for Americans.

Regarding arrests of American citizens, it is not something happening for the first time.

Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said in an interview on live television that there was no decision for any further arrests of United States employees, dismissing local news reports that prosecutors were preparing to detain another consulate worker. A few days ago, president Erdogan suggested his release in exchange for Gulen.

"It will be hard for [President] Erdogan to back down and cancel the detention warrants of the U.S. personnel without suffering a further blow to his. domestic prestige", Wolfango Piccoli, at UK-based consultancy Teneo Intelligence said.

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