US And Turkey Visa Crisis Ends After Three-Month Standoff


The United States and Turkey announced on Thursday an end to visa restrictions that have affected thousands of travelers, but tensions continued to fester as Turkish officials disputed a U.S. account of how the crisis was resolved.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara posted a notice on its website saying full visa service was resuming because the Turkish government had provided “assurances” that its local employees would not be arrested for actions related to their jobs. It also said Turkey promised to alert the embassy in the future if any other Turkish employee faces arrest.

A few hours later, the Turkish Embassy in Washington posted its own explanation, saying it, too, was restoring visas in a gesture of reciprocity. But it insisted it gave no guarantees.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post ยท Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham



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