Turkey denies assuring USA over cases against suspects in visa spat

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An email received by some of the Turkish visa applicants stated the same.

Turkey will resume processing visa applications at its diplomatic missions in the United States on a 'limited basis, ' Turkey's Embassy in Washington announced on its Twitter account late Monday, shortly after a US similar decision earlier in the day.

The US decision to stop handing out visas took effect from October 8 and was followed by a tit-for-tat move by Turkey to stop giving Turkish visas to Americans.

Turkey may reciprocate that move and partially ease issuance of visas for the United States citizens, a Turkish government source said. Applicants who wish to travel to the United States may now reschedule appointments. "Please note, however, that limited appointment availability could result in longer than normal wait times". The email went on to give instructions on expedited appointments.

The US embassy suspended visa services after one of the Istanbul consulate's Turkish staffers was arrested, saying it needed to carry out a security assessment.

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A US embassy statement said it had received "high-level assurances" from Turkey that no additional local employees were under investigation. A Turkish court arrested him on charges of having links with the organization of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO).

An email from USA visa services received by some Turkish visa applicants said applications were being processed on a limited basis at US diplomatic representations in Turkey. Erdogan described the United States decision as "upsetting".

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that also plays host to a strategic air base close to the borders with Syria and Iraq, have been strained over the United States refusal to extradite the cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The lack of movement on the issue has further strained ties already frayed over Washington's support for a Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terror group.

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