Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that the dispute between Ankara and Washington was caused by the outgoing U.S. ambassador John, adding that Washington was "sacrificing" relations with its NATO ally.
"Let me be very clear, the person who caused this is the ambassador here. It is unacceptable for the United States to sacrifice a strategic partner to an ambassador who doesn't know his place," Erdoğan told provincial governors in Ankara.
Erdoğan stated that it would be a shame if Washington is ruled by one envoy.
The president revealed that Turkey would stop using U.S. made Sig Sauer weapons in the police force, saying, "We are not in need of the U.S."
Turkey recieved US request to solve visa crisis: Erdoğan spokesman
Turkey has received a request from the United States to solve an escalating row between the two countries, the spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday, after a U.S. consulate worker was arrested in Istanbul last week.Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Ibrahim Kalin said cooperation between NATO allies Turkey and the United States in the fight against Daesh was not sufficient, and added the ongoing visa crisis was not complicated and "could be resolved in one day."Another Turkish member of staff at the consulate was summoned for questioning on Monday. “There is an ongoing judicial process in Turkey,” presidential spokesman Kalın told reporters.“The taking of testimonies and inquiries [into] these people continues. Let the jurisdiction make the necessary decision about this issue.”He added: “The U.S. or any other country should respect the legal procedure in Turkey.”Kalin said a constructive attitude and the recognition of Turkey’s judicial independence could see the dispute resolved within a day.“Away from a revanchist attitude, we hope that they adopt a positive and constructive attitude in solution to this issue, within the frame of legal and diplomatic laws.”He added: “For us, there is not a complicated picture. The suspension of visa applications is quite a simple issue. It can be solved in a day.”With US contributions Daesh hasn't attacked Turkey in nine months says Ambassador BassTurkish, US officials decide to meet to resolve dispute : Bozdağ
The president added that the U.S. consulate employee sought by Turkish police is “clearly tied” to U.S.-based Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) ringleader Fetullah Gülen, who Turkey wants extradited.
“The consulate employee sought by Turkish police is hiding in the U.S. consulate,” said Erdoğan, adding that Ankara would “stand behind the visa decision until the end.”
“The U.S. visa decision and the remarks that followed are far from truth and fairness,” he said.
The president criticized U.S. support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organization’s Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD).
“Nobody can claim that the terror corridor formed south of Turkey is to fight Daesh. The aim is to besiege Turkey,” he said.
With US contributions Daesh hasn't attacked Turkey in nine months says Ambassador Bass
The outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass in a farewell press conference claimed that the U.S. cooperation has helped reduce Daesh terrorist attacks in Turkey for nine-and-a-half months, revealing the U.S.-Daesh partnership. Bass has recently been regarded as the main actor in the tension between Turkey and the United States, and draws attention with his scandalous attitude and statements.John Bass, a couple of days before leaving his diplomatic mission in Turkey, confirmed U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement that former President Barack Obama “is the founder of [Daesh]” and “the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”Turkish, US officials decide to meet to resolve dispute : BozdağAmbassador Bass said “I think it is really important to remember that, this country has not experienced any significant attacks by Daesh in nine-and-a-half months.“That’s not a result, the absence of attacks is not a result of Daesh deciding it no longer wanted to try to conduct attacks in Turkey. It’s a result of Daesh no longer being able to conduct the kinds of attacks in Turkey they did in 2015 and 2016.“And all of you remember quite well the terrible tragedy two years ago that we marked yesterday with the terrible bombings at the Ankara train station.“The fact that Daesh is no longer able to conduct attacks of that magnitude successfully in Turkey is the result of a lot of close, intensive cooperation between our two governments.”US delegation to visit Turkey regarding visa row‘US to continue to support Turkey’Bass said that Turks, Europeans and Americans are safer and more secure as a result of the joint efforts Turkish intelligence authorities and U.S. authorities.“Now that doesn’t mean that Turkey is not continuing to face acute security challenges as a result of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The United States government is mindful of those challenges. We’re very sensitive to them. And we are committed, as we have been, to supporting the Turkish government’s efforts to deal with the sources of that violence and instability.”Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phoneEuphrates Shield prevents Daesh attacksDonald Trump took over Barack Obama’s office on Jan. 20. Daesh organized the Reina night club attack in Istanbul on Oct. 1. This was the last attack Daesh staged in Turkey. Since then, the terrorist organization has not been able to conduct any attacks in Turkey, and terrorists who were discovered to have been preparing for attacks were arrested.Turkey inflicted a heavy blow on Daesh with the Euphrates Shield Operation, which was launched on Aug. 24, 2016, destroying the terrorist threat. The Euphrates Shield Operation is deemed as the most deterrent factor preventing Daesh from conducting an attack in Turkey for the past nine months.Mattis says US will work to 'stay aligned' with TurkeyTurkey: Visa row with US likely to be resolved soon
Turkish, US officials decide to meet to resolve dispute : Bozdağ
Turkey and the U.S. have agreed to work to resolve the diplomatic row between the countries, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said Thursday.“A decision between the two countries has been made for representatives to come together and work on this issue,” he said in an interview on broadcaster Haber Turk.The U.S. Embassy on Sunday announced the suspension of some visas for Turkish nationals following the arrest of a Turkish employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Ankara.Metin Topuz, a long-standing consulate employee, was arrested last week over alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, which is said to have orchestrated last year’s attempted coup in Turkey.Bozdağ said Turkish and U.S. diplomats would meet in the next few days.Referring to Topuz, he added: “The testimony of a U.S. local staff member, a Turkish citizen, was filed to both the police and the prosecution office in the presence of a lawyer.“His testimony at the criminal peace court was also filed in presence of a lawyer. It’s impossible for these to be done without a lawyer.”US delegation to visit Turkey regarding visa rowTurkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phoneMattis says US will work to 'stay aligned' with TurkeyTurkey: Visa row with US likely to be resolved soon
US delegation to visit Turkey regarding visa row
A delegation from the U.S. Department of State will visit Turkey next week to discuss the visa row, according to reports.The delegation will be headed by the State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, according to sources.The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Sunday it was suspending the issuance of non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals following the arrest of Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services.Turkish, US FMs discuss visa row over phoneMattis says US will work to 'stay aligned' with TurkeyTurkey: Visa row with US likely to be resolved soon
Mattis says US will work to 'stay aligned' with Turkey
The U.S. will work to ensure that military relations with Turkey will be unaffected by an ongoing diplomatic row, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday.“It’s a NATO ally that we will work hard to stay aligned with against our common enemy. And we are doing good work together, military to military," Mattis told reporters en route to Central Command in Tampa, Florida.Ongoing military operations have so far been "unaffected" by the row, Mattis said. When asked if he thought future operations could be affected if tensions continue to run high, he said he did not want to speculate but said past diplomatic spats with various countries have not deteriorated military ties.The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Sunday it was suspending the issuance of non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals following the arrest of Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.In a retaliatory move, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services.Topuz is suspected to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year’s defeated coup attempt in Turkey, according to a judicial source.The U.S.'s outgoing Turkey envoy, John Bass, announced the visa suspension and issued a video discussing his decision, but there has yet to be any official comment from Washington.“I personally find it odd that high-level U.S. officials did not conduct any means of communication with our foreign minister. It is concerning for an Ankara ambassador to take such a decision then claim he took it ‘in the name of my country’,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.Erdogan warned that Turkish-U.S. ties could be further damaged if U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration played a role in the visa decision.The State Department confirmed Tuesday that Bass had not unilaterally taken the action, saying "our ambassadors tend to not do things unilaterally"."This was coordinated with the State Department. It was coordinated with the White House and coordinated with the NSC (National Security Council)," spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.Nauert said the U.S. was "very disappointed" by the Turkish government's arrest of two of their local staff, including Topuz.