Turkey, US resume visa services on "limited basis"

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Turkey, US resume visa services on "limited basis"

The U.S. had suspended nonimmigrant visa services in early October after the Turkish government arrested a U.S. consulate employee.

The move comes on the eve of a four-day visit to the U.S.by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during which he is set to meet at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence.

An email from USA visa services received by some Turkish visa applicants said applications were being processed on a limited basis at US diplomatic representations in Turkey.

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

However, reportedly there are restrictions on issuance of visas to Turkish citizens.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington posted a brief statement on Twitter, announcing that it was also resuming "limited" visa services.

Topuz was detained on charges of espionage and alleged ties to Gulen. Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to United States citizens, according to Trend.

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.

Gulen denies involvement in the attempted coup.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, September 21, 2017, in NY.

Meanwhile, members of Erdogan's security detail were indicted by USA authorities after clashes with protesters during an official White House visit in May, infuriating the Turkish president.