Turkey halts all visa services for American citizens in US

Turkey halts all visa services for American citizens in US

"Today, Serbia considers Turkey as its friend".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and they "discussed the mutual suspensions of visa services", state-run Anadolu news agency reported, without giving further details. Last week, a US consulate employee in Istanbul was arrested on charges of links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup, a move condemned by Washington as baseless and damaging to ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkey is calling for a normalization of relations with the United States following rising diplomatic tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim gestures as he delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on October 10, 2017. Erdogan called the indictment "scandalous" and said his security detail was protecting him against Kurdish militants protesting outside his ambassador's residence.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday stepped up one of the worst rows in decades between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies by saying Turkey no longer regarded ambassador John Bass as the USA representative in the country.

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"We have felt at home during this visit to Serbia", Erdogan said.

Washington has dismissed claims it was involved as a ludicrous conspiracy theory and Gulen himself denies any link to the plot.

"Today, taking into account the latest developments, we chose to bring our turnover to a level of 10 billion dollars as soon as possible", he said.

US pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, has also been behind bars for a year for alleged links to Gulen.

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