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The U.S. ambassador to Turkey says he hopes the two countries can quickly resolve a spat over the arrest of a U.S. consulate staffer, stressing that cooperation between the two allies helped reduce terror attacks in Turkey.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Turkey's foreign minister that the Trump administration is profoundly "concerned" about the detention of USA citizens and the arrest of local Turkish consular employees, the State Department said.
The spat erupted last week when Turkey arrested a Turkish employee of the American consulate on suspicion of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup. Hours later, Ankara issued a similar suspension on visas for USA citizens.
The United States suspended most visa services for Turkish citizens after authorities arrested two Turkish employees at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on charges of espionage over the weekend.
In his call, Tillerson "emphasized the importance of transparency in the accusations made by the Turkish government and the need for the Turkish government to present the evidence behind these accusations", the State Department said in a statement.
The strained relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies escalated last week after Turkey arrested a Turkish employee of the U.S. consulate on suspicion of links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016.
"I personally find it odd that high-level USA officials did not conduct any means of communication with our foreign minister".
"We are doing good work with them, military to military", he stressed.
The United States relies heavily on an air base at Incirlik in southern Turkey to launch air strikes against the ISIS group in neighboring Syria and Iraq.