The US and Turkey bilaterally denying visitation visas
Amidst escalating tensions between the two nations, the US and Turkey have both announced that they would be suspending non-immigration visas to each other’s countries. This move will temporarily prevent US citizens from visiting Turkey and Turkish citizens from visiting the US.
This foreign policy move comes in the aftermath of last week’s arrest of Fethullah Gulen, a Turk employed by the US Consulate suspected to be involved with last summer’s failed coup of the Turkish government. Following this move, a US Embassy in Turkish capital Ankara stated that they would need to “reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel.” The Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC responded with a nearly identical statement, saying that they would “reassess the commitment of the Government of the United States to the security of Turkish mission facilities and personnel.” Both the US and Turkey stated these moves would be effective immediately.
US and Turkish relations have been strained for some time, especially due to the US’s moves against Syria and ISIS. President Donald Trump’s sentiment towards immigrants in general and Middle Easterners in particularly likely isn’t helping matters either.
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