Turkey summons US embassy undersecretary, calls for end to visa dispute

By REUTERS
October 9, 2017 17:01
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ANKARA - Turkey's foreign ministry on Monday summoned the US embassy undersecretary and called for an end to a dispute between the two countries, Turkish foreign ministry sources said, after the NATO allies suspended visa services.

The sources said the undersecretary was told the visa suspension move caused "unnecessary tensions" and should be reversed. They said Turkey's foreign ministry undersecretary also spoke by phone with the US ambassador on Sunday.

In a move signaling a sharp deterioration in relations between the two NATO allies, the US mission in Turkey and the Turkish mission in Washington mutually scaled back visa services after a US consulate employee was arrested in Turkey.

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