Ankara, Oct 11 Turkey's top diplomat and his American counterpart today discussed the reciprocal suspension of visa services, in their first talks since the eruption of one of the worst crises between Washington and Ankara in years.
"Allegations made against our local staff are very serious allegations". The cheering crowd held banners praising Erdogan, while many struggled to shake hands with the Turkish president.
Some Turkish officials have long alleged a United States hand in the coup attempt on July 15 a year ago, which Ankara blames on the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. "In particular, this concerns the training of Turkish specialists", Poroshenko noted.
Bass dismissed Turkey's accusations against Topuz as "baseless".
Meanwhile, Bass denied Turkish press reports alleging that a second US consulate employee was hiding inside after an arrest warrant was issued against him, saying that "no one is hiding in any of our facilities".
On Sunday, the US embassy announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services at the US diplomatic facilities in Turkey over the recent arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul.
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In a blunt and personal criticism directed at Bass, Erdogan said the US envoy acted unilaterally in suspending USA visa services in Turkey after the arrest of Topuz.
"We do not see him as a USA representative in Turkey", Erdogan said.
He said this during a joint press conference with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
Bass is soon to leave Turkey for Kabul to take up his new post as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.
"We hope that relations between two allies will return to normal in a short time", he said in the Turkish capital.
Topuz is linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year's defeated coup in Turkey, a Turkish judicial source said Wednesday.