Ankara calls for resolution to Turkey-US tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The US Embassy in Ankara made the first move by releasing a statement saying that "recent events have forced the US government to reassess the commitment of the Turkish Government to the security of US diplomatic facilities and personnel".

"In order to minimise the number of visitors to our diplomatic and consular missions in the USA while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all visa services regarding the USA citizens at our diplomatic and consular missions", it added.

In response, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services in the United States, citing security concerns. He is deemed to be linked end to the movement of the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, sometimes referred to as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

The state-run Anadolu news agency identified the consulate employee as a male Turkish citizen and said he was arrested late on Wednesday on charges of espionage and attempts to damage the constitutional order and Turkey's government. U.S.

Hamza Ulucay, a translator of the U.S. Consulate in the southern province of Adana, was arrested in March for alleged links to outlawed Kurdish militants.

Relations between Turkey and the US have been tense over disagreements on Syrian Kurdish militants, which the USA backs in the war against the Islamic State group.

His remarks came three days after the US suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey. Turkey considers them a terror group and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, which has waged an insurgency within Turkey's borders for more than 30 years.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Serbia's president on Tuesday as Ankara stepped up efforts to increase its clout in the Balkans.

"It has huge importance and potential in the context of the continuation of the political dialogue at the highest level between our two countries as well as strengthening political, economic, cultural and overall dialogue and ties", Danilo Vucetic said of the visit, set to start yesterday.

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