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U.S. embassy in Turkey resuming visa issuing on 'limited basis'

U.S. embassy in Turkey resuming visa issuing on 'limited basis'
From Reuters - November 6, 2017

ANKARA (Reuters) - United States missions in Turkey have partially resumed processing visa applications, the embassy said on Monday, and a Turkish government source said Ankara could follow suit in the first step to ease a diplomatic crisis between the two allies.

The move, on the eve of a visit to Washington by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, came almost a month after U.S. missions in Turkey suspended all non-immigrant visa services following Turkeys arrest of a U.S. consulate employee.

Within hours of the U.S. announcement on Oct. 8, Turkey said it was implementing reciprocal measures and President Tayyip Erdogan later angrily accused Washington of sacrificing a longstanding alliance with Ankara.

The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed processing visas on a limited basis, the embassy said in an email seen by Reuters on Monday, adding that appointments would be limited and could lead to long waiting times.

A U.S. embassy worker in Ankara confirmed the decision to Reuters. The lira firmed to 3.8356 at 1533 GMT, from 3.8708 beforehand.

The decision came right before PM Yildirims visit to the U.S., showing that Turkey-US agreed on a mutual solution regarding the visa service crisis, Ozgur Altug, chief economist at brokerage BGC Partners, said in a note.

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