Turkish Officials to Boycott Meetings with US Ambassador: Erdogan


On Sunday, the US mission in Turkey and the Turkish mission in Washington cut back visa services after Metin Topuz, a USA consulate employee, was arrested in Turkey last week.

The U.S. Embassy in the capital of Ankara tweeted a statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey saying that recent events have forced it to "reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel".

"No state would allow such spies that could cause a domestic threat", Erdogan said. It said the measures would apply to e-Visas, visas issued at borders and visas in passports.

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Ties have also frayed over the refusal of the United States to extradite Gulen, and its support for Kurdish militias in Syria. It was referring to Turkey's arrest of a Turkish employee of the US consulate in Istanbul last week.

"Unfortunately. the US government still has not received any official communications from the Turkish government about the reasons why our local employees have been detained or arrested", Bass said.

According to Turkish media, Metin Topuz has been accused by the country's authorities of undermining the constitutional order, espionage and an attempt to overthrow the Turkish government.

The U.S. and Turkey on Sunday mutually suspended non-immigrant visa services to each other's citizens, a move that has further soured the ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. The U.S. Embassy said it was "deeply disturbed" by the arrest. The suspended services will affect business, tourism, medical treatment, student, exchange visitor, crew member, media and journalist, treaty trader, diplomatic and official visas. Sandzak, where many people consider Bosnia or Turkey - rather than Serbia - as their motherland, has remained peaceful but tense over the years.

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Turkey will boycott the upcoming meetings of its representatives with the United States ambassador to the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "We want to understand the substantial charges which support these allegations", said Bass during a meeting with a small group of reporters.

Some Turkish officials have long alleged a U.S. hand in the coup attempt on July 15 a year ago, which Ankara blames on the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. Gulen has denied any role in the failed coup.

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