US officials in Ankara to discuss visa row

US officials in Ankara to discuss visa row

The two countries suspended most visa services this month, in a widening diplomatic dispute after Turkish authorities arrested U.S. consular staff over alleged links to the Muslim cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed coup.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects diplomatic spat which has seen it and the US stop issuing visas to each other's citizens to be resolved soon, Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday.

Ankara swiftly retaliated by suspending its own visa services in the United States, marking a new low in relations between the two NATO allies.

The US delegation has laid out four conditions to solve the crisis, private broadcaster Haberturk reported, including a request that Ankara provide evidence related to the detentions. In order to overcome crisis, United States and Turkey had demands.

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The failed coup attempt, which left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured, was organized by followers of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) led by Fetullah Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile on a 400-acre property in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999.

On Tuesday, the Turkish parliament approved a three-month extension to a state of emergency that has been in place since July 20 last year.

Gülen has led a long-running campaign to overthrow the Turkish state through the infiltration of public institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what the government has called the "parallel structure".