Turkish PM hopes for quick normalization of soured Turkey-US ties

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/12 9:25:19

Turkey hopes ties with the United States could return to normal soon, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.

"Our wish is that relations between the two allies get back to normal soon," Yildirim said during a provincial governors meeting in Ankara.

His remarks came three days after the US suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey.

The prime minister told governors that Ankara would use "common sense" in dealing with the situation at a time when regional and global tensions have been rising.

On Sunday, the US Embassy in Ankara announced it had suspended non-immigrant visa services at all diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

In response, Turkey's Washington Embassy also suspended non-immigrant visa services in the United States, citing security concerns.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the US decision as "upsetting," saying Turkey's response is "based on the rules of reciprocity."

The spat between the two countries was ignited by the recent arrest of Metin Topuz, a US consulate employee in Istanbul, over suspected links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

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