Erdogan blames US for initiating visa row with Turkey

Tue 10 October 2017 18:56 GMT | 22:56 Local Time

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday laid the blame for the current visa row with the U.S. at Washington’s door, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

“The offender in this problem is the United States of America itself,” Erdogan told a news conference in Belgrade, Serbia.

The U.S. Embassy on Sunday announced the suspension of non-immigration visas for Turkish nationals following the arrest of a Turkish employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services, saying, "Recent events have forced Turkish Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of the United States to the security of Turkish Mission facilities and personnel."

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador John Bass announced the visa suspension and issued a video on Monday discussing his decision, but there has yet to be any official comment from Washington.

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