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Turkish PM hails resumption of U.S.-Turkey visa services

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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said “relations [with the U.S.] have moved one step further towards normalization” after both countries lifted visa restrictions.

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“The visa issue has finally been resolved,” Yildirim said at the sixth ordinary congress of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in northwestern Edirne province.

“We said that we will never be on the side of tension, dispute or conflict. We will increase our friendships, decrease our hostilities.”

On Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced the resumption of full visa services after a suspension of nearly two months.

In a reciprocal move, Turkey also lifted restrictions on visa services for American citizens, according to the Turkish mission in the U.S.

On October 8, the embassy suspended non-immigrant visas to Turkish nationals following the arrest of a local employee working at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Ankara.

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