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Turkish, US officials decide to meet to resolve dispute - deputy PM

Behind the scenes How was Trump convinced Tillerson discusses visa crisis with Turkish foreign minister
Melinda Barton | 12 October, 2017, 14:38

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday that Ambassador John Bass is the one who caused the recent visa row between Turkey and the U.S.

In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services, saying, "Recent events have forced Turkish Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of the United States to the security of Turkish Mission facilities and personnel".

Speaking at a meeting with provincial governors at the Beştepe Presidential Complex in Ankara, Erdoğan said "It is unacceptable that the U.S.is giving up on a strategic partner like Turkey for an ambassador that does not know his place". Tillerson expressed his "profound concern" about the arrests, the US State Department said in a statement.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the dispute has not affected the U.S. military's relationship with Turkey's armed forces.

"A decision has been made between the two countries for representatives to meet and work jointly on the issue, and a step will be taken soon according to its result", Bozdag said in an interview with the TV channel Haber Turk.

He also said a US consulate employee arrested in Turkey had not demanded lawyer access and the USA mission could apply to send a lawyer to see him.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that USA and Turkish military forces continue to work well together amid the diplomatic row.

"We are doing good work with them, military to military", he stressed. Turkey retaliated by halting visas services in the United States.