President Erdogan targets U.S. ambassador over visa dispute

President Erdogan targets U.S. ambassador over visa dispute

President Erdogan targets U.S. ambassador over visa dispute

Nauert said the usa was "very disappointed" by the Turkish government's arrest of two of their local staff, including Metin Topuz.

Turkey will boycott the upcoming meetings of its representatives with the USA ambassador to the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday laid the blame for the current visa row with the U.S.at Washington's door.

"We do not see him as the representative of the United States in Turkey", he added, speaking at a news conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. The embassy statement said it needed to reassess "the commitment of the government of Turkey to the security of USA mission and personnel".

"Before anything else, this decision is very saddening". Hours later, Turkey followed suit and issued a near identical statement - suspending ITS processing of visas.

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Erdogan said on Monday a U.S. decision to suspend visa services in Turkey was upsetting, adding that Turkish foreign ministry officials had contacted their USA counterparts over the issue.

"In terms of bilateral relations between Turkey and the USA, we have now hit rock bottom". The move apparently stems from concerns about the security of U.S. Mission facilities in Turkey and an effort to limit the number of visitors.

Bass described Topuz as someone who speaks with Turkish authorities to facilitate U.S. "For the first time the USA has made a move that will cause difficulties for the Turkish society", International Relations Expert Oguz Demir said. Furthermore, Ankara has been calling for the extradition of Gulen, the Muslim cleric in self-exile in the U.S.

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The Turkish Embassy in Washington retaliated immediately by issuing a similar statement that mirrored the one by the US.

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