U.S. missions in Turkey to resume full visa services after row

U.S. missions in Turkey to resume full visa services after row

U.S. missions in Turkey to resume full visa services after row

"We welcome the decision of the United States to resume as of today regular visa procedures, by lifting the restrictions applied to our citizens", the Turkish Embassy in the USA said in a statement.

Turkey, while announcing the end of restrictions on visas to United States citizens, took issue with the U.S. declaration.

The Turkish embassy in Washington welcomed the USA decision and said visa restrictions for USA citizens imposed during the dispute would also be lifted.

Later on Thursday, the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC, which had also blocked some visa services for USA nationals, said it "welcome [d] the decision" by the U.S. and would end its own visa restrictions.

The United States had halted most visa services for Turkish citizens after the October arrest of a Turkish citizen employed at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

"We find it wrong to misinform the Turkish and the American public by claiming that the USA received assurances from Turkey", the mission said.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., in turn, also announced lifting of restrictions on visa services, adding that it welcomed the U.S.' decision.

The State Department will fully resume visa services for Turkish citizens. In November, Washington said it was resuming limited services upon getting assurances on the safety of its local staff.

Turkey reciprocated the measure shortly thereafter, blocking non-immigrant visa services for U.S. citizens.

"Regarding the assurances expressed in the USA statement, we would like to emphasise that Turkey is a state of law, and that our government has not provided any assurances concerning the ongoing judicial processes", the Turkish embassy's statement read.

The embassy stressed, however, that the Turkish government has given no assurances to Washington, refuting the US embassy's earlier claim.

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