Ankara, Oct 11 Turkey's top diplomat and his American counterpart today discussed the reciprocal suspension of visa services, in their first talks since the eruption of one of the worst crises between Washington and Ankara in years. Bass has already received a new appointment in Afghanistan, but before his departure he will have farewell meetings with representatives of the Turkish state as ministers and the Speaker of Parliament.
Relations between Turkey and the USA have been tense over disagreements on Syrian Kurdish militants, which the US backs in the war against the Islamic State group.
He said the embassy had been unable to learn the reasons for the arrest of a Turkish staff member last week and or what evidence exists against the employee.
Relations are deeply strained following the arrest of local USA consulate employee Metin Topuz on terrorism and espionage charges in relation to a failed coup previous year against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim gestures as he delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on October 10, 2017. "The document testifies to the readiness of the two educational institutions to develop cooperation in the educational sphere, promotes the exchange of scientific experience and the development of educational programs", the press service said.
"At a time when global and regional tensions are escalating, we are not going to leave common sense behind", he added.
"We have felt at home during this visit to Serbia", Erdogan said.
Ties have also frayed in recent months over the refusal of the U.S. to extradite Gulen, and its support for Kurdish militias in Syria. "We will not see our brothers apart from us anymore", he said during a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv on Monday.