Turkey, US end mutual visa stoppage on 'limited basis'

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The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, announced Monday that it had partially resumed processing Turkish visa applications, Reuters reports.

Turkish missions in the USA have begun to accept visa applications from American citizens on a limited basis, Turkey's Washington Embassy announced Monday, in a move mirroring a US decision earlier in the day.

News of the partial resumption of visa services reported by local media earlier has helped the Turkish lira strengthen to 3.8356 to the dollar from 3.8708 beforehand.

The Turkey-U.S. visa row was sparked October 8, when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services to Turkish nationals.

A us embassy statement said it had received "high-level assurances" from Turkey that no additional local employees were under investigation.

The Turkish embassy in Washington only said on its official Twitter account it was resuming visa services on a "limited basis" in the US.

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Topuz was detained on charges of espionage and alleged ties to Gulen. Turkey retaliated by halting visa services in the USA for Americans who want to travel to Turkey.

The U.S. embassy said it continues to "have serious concerns about the existing cases against arrested local employees" as well as the cases of other arrested U.S. citizens. He was the second local staff member at a US mission in Turkey to be held.

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

Turkey has pressed Washington for the extradition of the Pennsylvania-based Gulen, who denies any link to the coup bid.

Ankara is also angry over the arrest in the U.S. of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy chief executive at state lender Halkbank, and the Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab.

During the four-day visit, Yildirim is set to meet Vice President Mike Pence at the White House.

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