The United States embassy in Ankara has suspended all non-immigrant visa services in order to reassess Turkey’s commitment to staff security.
Statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey pic.twitter.com/RjTU3BfSXZ
— US Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) October 8, 2017
As a matter of fact, the U.S. suspends all visa related to tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, and study. The move was made due to Ankara holding a U.S. consulate worker over alleged links to a cleric who was behind last year’s failed coup against Turkish President Erdogan.
According to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, the consulate worker is a Turkish citizen.
Ankara quickly replied by suspending its visa services in the United States. Washington confirmed Turkey’s move as “baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.”
Statement from the Turkish Mission to the U.S., October 8, 2017 pic.twitter.com/4i0BwInOCj
— TurkishEmbassyDC (@TurkishEmbassy) October 8, 2017
Only the people permanently moving to the United States will be able to apply for visas.
In the meantime, Turkey may cancel the S-400 deal with Russia if it is not allowed to jointly produce the anti-aircraft missile system.