Turkish, US officials to meet over diplomatic dispute - Deputy PM

Turkish, US officials to meet over diplomatic dispute - Deputy PM

The United States and Turkey on Sunday indefinitely halted all non-immigrant visa services for each other's citizens amid deepening differences between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag says delegations from both countries will meet to work on a solution to a visa row.


Wednesday's telephone call between Tillerson and Turkey's top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu came after the USA ambassador to Turkey said Tillerson held talks to try and resolve a major diplomatic break between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Hours later, Ankara issued a similar suspension on visas for US citizens.

The U.S. suspended all non-immigration visa services in its missions in Turkey following the detention of the employee identified as Metin Topuz, who was arrested for espionage charges.

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"Relations between Turkey and the United States are stable", he said. Bass's move was made in consultation with Trump administration officials in Washington, she said.

Bozdag said Turkish and US diplomats would meet in the next few days.

Atilla was arrested in March and indicted in September along with Caglayan, who is in Turkey.

The scheduled meeting reportedly follows a phone conversation between U.S. secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The phone call marks the first time the two ministers spoke since the visa dispute over Turkey's detention of a US consulate staff for links to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which is responsible for the July 15 failed coup attempt. The phone call is the highest level of contact since the suspension of visa services by both countries.

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