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Tit-for-tat US–Turkey visa application suspensions unlikely to be protracted, as indicated by signs of Turkish compromise

09 October 2017

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On 8 October 2017, the United States and Turkey announced that they were suspending applications for business and tourist visas between the two countries.

The visa suspension was first announced by the US, for Turkish citizens, to which Turkey then responded in kind. The US’s decision was reportedly in response to the 4 October arrest of a Turkish employee of US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) by Turkish police, based on allegations of links to the Gülen movement. Fethullah Gülen is a preacher who now lives in the US. An arrest warrant had reportedly been issued for another Turkish employee of the US consulate in Istanbul.

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