Turkey-US tensions: Why have they come to a boil?


The deterioration in relations appears to have happened over a matter of days — but under the surface are several sticking points that have been eating away at the US-Turkey alliance for years. Here’s a look at the key issues. The arrest of Metin Topuz, a staff member at the …

U.S.-Turkey tensions boil over after arrest of consulate employee 

When they met last month in New York, President Trump hailed what he called his “personal relationship” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said the United States and Turkey were “as close as we have ever been.” Erdogan called Trump “my dear friend Donald.” Close observers of Ankara and …

US ambassador to Turkey slams Ankara over staff arrest

The detention last week of Turkish national Metin Topuz, who works for the US consulate in Istanbul, sparked the a sudden deterioration in relations and prompted Washington to suspend all of its non-immigrant visa services in the country. Ankara responded by doing the same. Topuz was arrested on terrorism charges, …

Turkey seeks second worker in US visa row

Reuters The US has suspended all non-immigrant visa services Turkish prosecutors are seeking a US consulate worker for questioning as a suspect, the state news agency reports.The detention of a member of staff, a Turkish national, in Istanbul last week triggered a diplomatic row,…

Turkey arrests US Consulate employee accused of espionage in Istanbul

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities have arrested a U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul over his alleged links to a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. The U.S. Embassy said Thursday it believes the allegations against the staff member are “wholly without merit.”Anadolu Agency said …

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services for security reasons

ANKARA (Reuters) – The U.S. mission in Turkey and subsequently Turkish mission in Washington mutually reduced visa services after a U.S. mission employee was detained in Turkey last week, saying they needed to reassess each other’s commitment to the security of their personnel. Last week, a U.S. consulate employee in …

US suspends non-immigrant visa services in Turkey

By Associated Press By Associated Press October 8 at 2:32 PM ISTANBUL — The U.S. said Sunday it was suspending non-immigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey, following the arrest of a consulate employee. The U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara tweeted a statement from the …

Envoy says US cooperation helped reduce attacks in Turkey

U.S. Ambassador John Bass speaks during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Speaking during a news conference in Belgrade, Serbia on Tuesday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Bass of wrecking ties between the NATO allies by suspending the issuing of visas to Turkish citizens at …