Envoy says USA cooperation helped reduce attacks in Turkey

Envoy says USA cooperation helped reduce attacks in Turkey

Turkey says it is halting all visa services for Americans at its diplomatic missions in the United States in a tit-for-tat move after the U.S. administration made a similar announcement.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said it needed to "reassess" the United States government's commitment to the security of the mission and personnel.

The U.S. Embassy in the capital of Ankara tweeted a statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey saying that recent events have forced it to "reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel". This suspension includes the issuance of physical sticker visas issued at border posts, as well as the online "e-visa".

"USA government still has not received any official communications from the Turkish government about the reasons why our local employees have been detained or arrested", Bass said in Ankara.

Metin Topuz is accused of espionage and "attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and constitution".

The spokesperson also confirmed that a third employee of the USA embassy was apprehended by Turkish authorities, however, the United States is not aware if the individual was arrested or just questioned.

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.

The president of the Turkish-American Business Council, Kamil Ekim Alptekin, said that the two states needed each other politically and economically, and "we want to solve the problems without their reflection on economic relations, but if it affects national security, no country can make concessions".

A court has ruled that Topuz will remain in custody while his alleged links to Gulen are investigated.

Meanwhile, President Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the USA ambassador to Turkey John Bass for the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan's post-coup crackdown, which has been criticized by Western governments, has seen tens of thousands of people arrested and more than 150,000 soldiers, police officers and officials dismissed or suspended from their posts.

More than 50,000 people have been arrested and 110,000 have been fired from government jobs as part of a state of emergency declared after the failed coup in Turkey.

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