Turkey denies assuring United States over cases against suspects in visa spat

Following the initial fallout, Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned a U.S. diplomat, calling on him to urge the United States to lift the visa suspension, saying it was causing "unnecessary tensions", Reuters reported.

U.S. missions in Turkey have partially resumed processing visa applications, the embassy said on Monday.

Turkey and the United State mutually suspended all non-immigrant visa services on October 8, after Turkey's arrest of a USA consulate employee. A Turkish court arrested him on charges of having links with the organization of the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO).

In the email sent visa Information center US at the number of Turkish citizens who have applied previously for a U.S. visa, saying the resumption of acceptance of applications in a limited manner.

"The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed processing visas on a limited basis".

"The reference to the security situation in the Embassy's statement does not reflect the truth, and is considered odd since Turkey has taken all the necessary measures for the security of all diplomatic and consular missions in Turkey, including those of the U.S., and as the United States side stated at every occasion that there is no need for additional measures", the embassy said.

Easing a almost month-long visa logjam and row in bilateral relations, United States missions in Turkey on Monday announced resumption of visa services on a "limited basis".

It said it also received "initial assurances" from Ankara that its local staff would not be detained or arrested for performing their jobs.

Among the several Americans arrested in Turkey is pastor Andrew Brunson, who ran a church in the western city of Izmir.

Regarding Turkish citizens detained in the US, the embassy said that Turkey "has very serious concerns".

The lack of movement on the issue has further strained ties already frayed over Washington's support for a Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terror group. Erdogan described the United States decision as "upsetting".

In March, a Turkish employee at the United States consulate in the southern city of Adana was arrested on charges of supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which both Ankara and Washington consider a terror group.

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

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