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US, Turkey announce tit-for-tat travel restrictions
    2017-October-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE increasingly strained alliance between Turkey and the United States took a sharp downward turn Sunday when both governments abruptly announced they were canceling most visitor visas between the countries, sowing confusion among travelers and exposing a widening rift between the NATO partners.

The crisis began when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Turkish capital, announced it was immediately suspending all non-immigrant visa services at diplomatic facilities across Turkey. The move appeared to be retaliatory, coming days after the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrested an employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

An embassy statement said it was limiting visitors to U.S. missions while it “reassesses” Turkey’s commitment to the security of American personnel — an extraordinary rebuke that underscored a rapidly deteriorating relationship between the longtime allies. Within hours, the Turkish Embassy in Washington released a nearly identical statement announcing its own suspension of non-immigrant visas for Americans.

The tit-for-tat moves illustrated how the critical alliance between Turkey and the United States, anchored in military, intelligence and commercial ties, has been battered in recent months by a series of deep disagreements over the war in Syria and the fate of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in exile in Pennsylvania and is wanted by the Turkish authorities.

The strains have undermined vows by U.S. President Donald Trump to repair U.S. ties to Turkey, which became frayed during the administration of President Barack Obama. The escalating tensions also came despite what are said to be warm personal relations between Erdogan and Trump that stretch back several years.

After the arrest last week of the U.S. consulate employee, Metin Topuz, strains between the two governments burst into the open.

Turkish authorities accused Topuz of espionage and links to Gulen, the exiled cleric. The U.S. embassy, in a statement, responded by saying that it was “deeply disturbed” by the arrest and that the charges were “without merit.”

(SD-Agencies)

 

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