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US missions in Turkey partially resume visa issuing


US missions in Turkey partially resume visa issuing

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Image caption US missions in Turkey will resume processing visa applications on a limited basis

US missions in Turkey have partially resumed processing visa applications, the embassy said on Monday.

Last month, US missions suspended all non-immigrant visa services after Turkey's arrest of a US consulate employee.

Turkey's embassy in Washington has also said it will process visa applications from US citizens on a limited basis.

The US worker was held over suspected links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup in Turkey.

Washington condemned the move as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.

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Image caption Turkey accuses Fethullah Gulen of being behind the failed coup – a charge he denies

Ankara has for months been pressing Washington to extradite US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen over his alleged role in the botched coup in July 2016.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating the unrest – a charge the cleric denies.

In the aftermath of the coup attempt, which was led by military officers, 40,000 people were arrested and 120,000 sacked or suspended.

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