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U.S.-Turkey Visa Progress Set Back by Sparring Over Trials

  • U.S. said it began limited processing of Turkey visas again
  • Turkish response shows problems may be far from being resolved
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The U.S. eased its visa ban against Turkey on Monday, sparking a rally in Turkish markets. But Ankara’s response suggests there’s no quick solution to the problems that have turned relations between the longtime allies into a hostile standoff.

The U.S., which suspended visas from Turkey on Oct. 8 after the arrest of some of its consulate staffers, said it would begin issuing them again on a “limited” basis. It cited assurances given by Turkey’s government that no other employees were under investigation, that its local staff wouldn’t be arrested for performing their official duties, and that it’ll receive notification if Turkey planned to detain consular employees in the future.