Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Turkey won't submit to impositions from United States in diplomatic crisis: FM Cavusoglu

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara will not submit to "impositions" from the United States to resolve a feud.

The talks started at 9:30 a.m. and reportedly lasted for about seven hours.

On US side, Jonathan Cohen, deputy undersecretary of State, attended meeting.

The row was sparked on October 8, when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services for Turkish nationals, following the arrest of a local employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Ankara. Turkey, on the other hand, wants the reverse its visa suspension decision.

Ankara swiftly retaliated by suspending its own visa services in the United States, marking a new low in relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Previously, the US suspended issuance of visas to Turkish citizens due to the arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul.

He is accused of "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and Turkey's government", and "spying", a judicial source said. Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to USA citizens.

After Turkey detained a U.S. embassy staffer, Washington stopped issuing non-immigrant visas from its missions in Turkey, prompting Turkish missions in the USA to hit back with a tit-for-tat move.

Turkish authorities also issued an arrest warrant last Monday for another personnel working for the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, whose wife and son were interrogated by the police before being released.

He has allegedly been linked to 121 FETO suspects, including police chiefs, over a prolonged period, a statement by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office said. His family were detained in the central province of Amasya, it added.

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