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USA diplomatic team due in Ankara to resolve visa rift

The U.S. mission will be led by Jonathan Cohen, deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs at the State Department.

A US delegation arrived in Ankara for talks aimed at resolving a diplomatic dispute that spat that resulted in the two countries suspending the issuance of travel visas to the other’s citizens, a senior Turkish official said Monday.

The sides will meet on Tuesday, the Turkish official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Authorities summoned the worker last week for questioning over his relatives’ alleged links to last year’s failed coup attempt, days after the arrest of another consulate employee triggered a mutual suspension of visa services.

Bozdag said the USA envoys would hold talks with officials from Turkey’s foreign affairs, justice and interior ministries.

Turkish and US delegations are set to meet in Ankara as part of efforts to overcome a crisis erupted between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the mutual suspension of visa applications.

The visit was therefore planned before the latest spat between Turkey and the U.S. over the former’s arrest of the U.S. Consulate staff in Istanbul. The U.S. will be represented in Turkey by Deputy Chief of Mission Philip Kosnett until a new ambassador is appointed.

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