Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phone

Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phone

Wednesday's talk between the two officials is first since the U.S. Embassy in Turkey on Sunday announced the suspension of non-immigration visas for Turkish nationals following the arrest of a Turkish employee at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.

"It's a shame if the U.S.is governed by an ambassador in Ankara", he added.

On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced it had suspended non-immigrant visa services at all diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

Erdoğan slammed the U.S.' stance on Turkey, and reiterated his criticism of US support for the PKK terrorist group's Syrian wing the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed branch the People's Protection Units (YPG).

In a phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Tillerson also called on the Turkish government to present evidence behind the accusations against the employees, the department said. Tillerson expressed his "profound concern" about the arrests, the US State Department said in a statement.

"I personally find it odd that high-level USA officials did not conduct any means of communication with our foreign minister. Representatives from both sides chose to meet and work together", Bozdag said in an interview with broadcaster Haberturk.

He also said a US consulate employee arrested in Turkey had not demanded lawyer access and the USA mission could apply to send a lawyer to see him.

"We are doing good work with them, military to military", he stressed.

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