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"US and Turkey Suspend Visa Services, Effectively Halting Travel Between Countries" by JT Genter

US and Turkey

"Tensions are rising with one of the United States’ key allies in the Middle East. Effective immediately, US citizens are unable to get Turkish visas. This essentially halts travel of US citizens to Turkey for those who haven’t already obtained a visa.

Here’s what happened: Last Wednesday, a US consulate employee in Istanbul was arrested for suspected ties to Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish cleric exiled in the US whom the Turkish government blames for organizing an attempted coup last July. The Turkish government has used the coup attempt to justify arresting at least 40,000 people — including domestic and foreign journalists — and firing 120,000 for suspected ties to the opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In response to the arrest, the US Embassy in Turkey’s capital of Ankara released a statement Saturday, saying that it’s “suspended all non-immigrant visa services at US diplomatic facilities in Turkey.”

- courtesy of The Points Guy  

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