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29 Dec 2017

US, Turkey to resume full diplomatic services after row

US-Turkey normalize relations post-diplomatic row

The US has agreed to resume diplomatic services in Istanbul after the Turkish government provided security assurances to American consular staff.

In October, both sides had suspended visa-services after Ankara arrested and detained a local employee with the US consulate in Istanbul.

The US state department expressed confidence that "the security posture had sufficiently improved."

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US-Turkey normalize relations post-diplomatic row

The trigger: Turkey arrests US consulate employee

In October, Turkey arrested and detained Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen employed at the US embassy, on charges of espionage and attempts to damage "constitutional order." At the time, Washington termed the arrest "deeply disturbing."

What security assurances has the US received?


What security assurances has the US received?

Turkey assured the US state department that its Turkish employees weren't being investigated.

It also guaranteed Washington that no staff will be detained or arrested while performing official duties.

The US has expressed concerns over the arrests of its Turkish staff and US citizens since the 2016 coup.

At least 11 US citizens are currently believed to be imprisoned in Turkey.

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Turkey responds

The Turkish embassy in Washington welcomed US decision and said that visa services for American-citizens will be resumed. It expressed concerns about Turkish-nationals being tried in US courts and added that it hadn't provided any assurances to Washington on ongoing cases against US embassy staff.

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