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Turkey, US discuss visa crisis in phone talks: state media

12 October 2017

"We will not see our brothers apart from us anymore", he said during a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on Monday. "In order to minimise the number of visitors to our embassy and consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all USA diplomatic facilities in Turkey".

A first version of the Turkish statement that was posted on the embassy's Twitter account yesterday afternoon had said the measure would apply "to visas in passports".

Turkey, US discuss visa crisis in phone talks: state media

"Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey to the security of USA mission and personnel", the statement by the mission in Ankara said. The suspended services will affect business, tourism, medical treatment, student, exchange visitor, crew member, media and journalist, treaty trader, diplomatic and official visas.

But a later version said: "This measure will apply to sticker visas as well as e-Visas and border visas", leaving open the question of whether USA travellers who already have visas would be allowed to enter Turkey.

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Turkey, US discuss visa crisis in phone talks: state media