Arrested US consulate worker in Turkey will meet lawyer on Friday - minister

Turkish US FMs discuss visa row over phone

Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phone

Turkey is well aware that the weapons transferred by the U.S.to YPG / PYD will later be used against Turkey, according to the Turkish leader.

Commenting on the current crisis in US-Turkey relations, he said the reason of the crisis is US Ambassador John Bass.

Ambassador Bass said the decision to suspend visas was a hard one for the State Department.

Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday that Turkey has received the request of the United States to solve the ongoing visa spat between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"The information that a second person is there shows something is going on at the consulate in Istanbul", Erdogan said, adding that the US should evaluate how such "agents" infiltrated the mission or who placed them there.

Currently, the Turkish Foreign Ministry is negotiating on this issue.

Tillerson expressed his "profound concern" about the arrests, the US State Department said in a statement.

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In response, the United States suspend non-immigrant visa services there. He said that he couldn't comment on the charges or evidence against the two because Turkey hasn't provided the USA with that information.

The U.S. and Turkey previously suspended the mutual issuance of non-immigrant visas.

At least 10 people were arrested in western Turkey over alleged links to the group behind last year's defeated coup attempt, police said on Thursday.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Tuesday that the US has seen no evidence that the consular employees were supporters of Gulen.

Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in NY, where Trump praised Erdogan as a friend despite tensions in two countries' relations over a number of issues.

In addition, Ankara's rapprochement with Russian Federation and purchase of S-400 missiles become the subject of criticism by the U.S. Yet, US-Turkish relations have been strained over US military support for Kurdish fighters in Syria and the United States' unwillingness to extradite Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally whom Ankara views as the mastermind behind last year's failed military coup.

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