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Turkey ETF Rebounds as Ankara, Washington End Visa Dispute

Turkey ETF Rebounds as Ankara, Washington End Visa Dispute

The state department said it was "confident that the security posture has improved sufficiently".

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the full return of visa services in Turkey via its social media account earlier on the same day, ending the so-called visa crisis between the two countries.

The U.S. and Turkey resumed normal visa operations Thursday after Washington said Ankara assured no further U.S. mission staff would be troubled over performing official duties, which followed two detentions that started the friction earlier this year, Reuters reports.

FETO and its US -based leader, Fetullah Gulen, are also suspected of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the Turkish state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

"In accordance with the principle of reciprocity, restrictions on visa services applied to American citizens have been lifted simultaneously", the Turkish embassy said in a statement.

The US had suspended all non-immigrant visa services after the arrest of one of its consulate employees in October.

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Turkey has blamed Gulen, a US-based Muslim leader, of being behind a failed coup attempt past year, an accusation that Gulen has vehemently denied.

However, the Turkish Embassy in Washington rejected those assertions and said Ankara did not provide any assurance related to the ongoing judicial process in Turkey.

Turkey reciprocated the measure shortly thereafter, blocking non-immigrant visa services for United States citizens.

The statement said the USA had been assured no additional local employees of its missions were under investigation and that staff would not be detained or arrested performing their official duties.

The Turkish embassy in Washington said, however, that it had not offered any assurances to the United States over its detained staff.

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