Turkey hopes for quick normalization of soured bilateral ties with US

12 October, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Kim Reid
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A first version of the Turkish statement that was posted on the embassy's Twitter account yesterday afternoon had said the measure would apply "to visas in passports".

He said the embassy had been unable to learn the reasons for the arrest of a Turkish staff member last week and or what evidence exists against the employee.

The spat between the two countries was ignited by the recent arrest of Metin Topuz, a USA consulate employee in Istanbul, over suspected links to US -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported that he allegedly communicated with former police chiefs in a 2013 corruption probe, 121 people involved in the attempted coup and hundreds of people using an encrypted mobile messaging application.

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"Recent events have forced the Turkish government to reassess the commitment of the government of the United States to the security of the Turkish mission facilities and personnel", a statement posted on the Twitter account of the Turkish embassy in Washington DC said, closely mimicking the earlier U.S. notification.

Turkey is calling for a normalization of relations with the United States following rising diplomatic tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey is trying to take any measures to release the Crimean Tatars imprisoned by Russian Federation in Crimean territory.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a rousing welcome on Wednesday as he visited a predominantly Muslim region in southwestern Serbia.

The president of Turkey said his country considers the issue of Crimea to be very important and sensitive.

"Our wish is that relations between the two allies get back to normal soon", Yildirim said during a provincial governors meeting in Ankara.

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