US restarts visa issuing in Turkey in first step to ease crisis


According to officials at the U.S. embassy, the United States has partially resumed issuing visas in Turkey following assurances about the safety of staff at its missions there.

It's seen as the first step to ease a diplomatic crisis between the two allies.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said it too would match the move, which was announced just prior to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's scheduled visit to the U.S.

The arrest of a veteran employee at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul last month led the U.S. to suspend all non-immigrant visa services while it assessed the security of its staff in Turkey.

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