After the arrest, the US has stopped issuing nonimmigrant visas to Turkish territory
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported the arrest of an employee of the U.S. Consulate, accusing him of espionage.
Last week, Turkish authorities arrested Metin Topusa – the employee of the Consulate, which is a Turkish citizen, accusing him in regular contact with alleged leaders of what Ankara calls a terrorist network to which it imposes liability for past year’s failed coup attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish authorities also said that interrogating another employee of the Consulate.
The arrest led to a diplomatic standoff between the countries: after the arrest Topusa the U.S. Embassy in Anakra announced that it was suspending the issuance of nonimmigrant visas, to which Turkey immediately responded balanced measures.
On Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said: “Recent events have forced the United States government to reconsider the attitude of the Turkish government to ensure security of facilities and personnel of diplomatic missions of the United States.”
Several hours later, Turkey has also suspended visa services for American citizens with the same wording that was used in the United States.
According to people, enquiring for a visa at the Embassy they were just given a sheet of paper with recommendations to call the number listed for more information.
Omer Yavuz, who planned to go to Houston to visit relatives, said that he tried to call the number listed, but got no answers to their questions.
“Nobody gives full information,” he said, adding that he, apparently, will have to cancel the trip.