US AND TURKEY END THEIR MONTH-LONG ROW OVER VISA




Hassam Hameed-TDO-30.12.2017- Both countries announced on Thursday to end their visa crisis which lasted months long. Beginning January 2019 visa proceedings will commence with full capacity for either country citizens. Announcement came on social media account of US embassy in Ankara.

Statement given by US embassy said, "the Department of State is confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow the full resumption of visa services in Turkey”. Also according to US embassy, they have been assured that no other local employees are under investigation and no other local employee would be arrested for performing their duties or will inform US authorities in advance. However Turkey has refuted claims of assurances given in a claim by US embassy. “In regards to assurances cited in the U.S. statement, we would like to emphasize that Turkey respects the rule of law, that our government has not adhered to any assurances on ongoing legal cases,” statement by Turkish embassy in Washington.

Row started over the arrest of US consulate employee, ‘Metin Topuz’ by Turkish Authorities. He was being charged with links to Fethullahist Terror group(FETO), who were behind the rejected coup attempt in Turkey last year.