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The US suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas for Turkish nationals in early October, after Turkey arrested a local staff member at the US consulate in Istanbul for allegedly having ties to Fethullah Gulen.

It also said Turkey was seriously concerned about legal cases in the US involving Turkish citizens.

The U.S. State Department announced Thursday the full resumption of visa services with Turkey, after a suspension that lasted for almost two months.

"We do not find it right for the United States to claim it had received assurances from Turkey and misinform the U.S. and Turkish publics", the Turkish Embassy in Washington said in a statement.

Turkey retaliated by taking a similar step.

Thursday, the State Department said Turkey adhered to "high-level assurances" that there are no local employees under investigation, and that embassy consultants would not be arrested or detained.

Although the embassy said it still remains concerned for its arrested staff in Turkey, the progress in ironing out differences may ease the perception of political risk, a key reason for the lira's weakness against the dollar in the fourth quarter.

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That followed the arrest of Metin Topuz - a us consulate employee who was arrested for alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Meanwhile, the Turkish embassy said that Ankara did not give the United States any guarantees in connection with the ongoing trials.

The U.S. continues to engage with Turkish officials in order to resolve these issues.

Ankara assured the United States that in the future that Turkish authorities will notify Washington in advance about any possible detention/investigation of any USA embassy staff member in Turkey.

The State Department will fully resume visa services for Turkish citizens.

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

The U.S. and Turkey have resumed normal visa processing services.


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