The resumption of the issuance of U.S. visas for Turkish citizens depend on the outcome of bilateral negotiations, said the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John bass.
The diplomat statement was published by the website of the U.S. Embassy in Turkey.
«Our diplomatic mission was arrested by the Turkish authorities. Despite all of our efforts on the study of the reasons for the arrest, we couldn’t figure out why it happened or what evidence there is. The employee works in an office devoted to strengthening law enforcement cooperation with the Turkish authorities and security of Americans and citizens of Turkey,» the Ambassador said.
He noted that the detained Embassy employee who is a citizen of Turkey, was not granted sufficient access to his lawyer.
«This arrest has raised questions whether some officials to break the long-standing cooperation between Turkey and the United States. If this is true, the people on our diplomatic facilities are under threat. We do not know whether these arrests exceptions, or other Turkish officers are arrested for what they were just talking with officials of the government of Turkey or the great Turkish community in the course of their duties,» – said bass.
He added that he hoped that the suspension of the issuance of visas does not last long.
«We can’t tell you how long it will take to resolve this issue. Duration of suspension will be discussed by our governments in discussions about the reasons of detention of diplomats and the commitment of the Turkish government to protect our facilities and personnel in Turkey,» the Ambassador said.
The diplomat said that the suspension of issuing visas to Turkish citizens does not mean a ban on their entry into the United States.
«If you have a valid visa you can travel to the United States. If you wish to apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate outside of Turkey, you can do it», – he concluded.
October 4 it became known that Turkey has arrested an employee of the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. It is suspected of having links with the organization of the preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish authorities accused of organizing the coup attempt in July 2016. 9 October, the authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of another employee of the U.S. Embassy.
October 8, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey and other American depodesta has suspended the issuance of all nonimmigrant visas in the country. October 9, about the same as stated by the Turkish Embassy in the United States.
The U.S. Ambassador said that the issuance of visas to Turkey will resume after a decision on the protection of personnel of the diplomatic mission 10.10.2017