Turkish Leader Erdogan Visits Mostly Muslim Serbia Region

Turkish Leader Erdogan Visits Mostly Muslim Serbia Region

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

The U.S. Embassy in the capital of Ankara tweeted a statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey saying that recent events have forced it to "reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel".

The US had announced its suspension following the arrest of a Turkish member of staff working at the US consulate in Istanbul. Bass is due to leave Turkey later this week for a new assignment in Afghanistan.

"Recent events have forced the Turkish government to reassess the commitment of the government of the U.S. to the security of the Turkish mission facilities and personnel", a statement posted on the Twitter account of the Turkish embassy in Washington DC said, closely mimicking the earlier USA notification.

Erdogan said that "a lot of work" had to be done to achieve this goal, in particular, it was necessary to reach the final stage of the signing of the free trade agreement and switch to its practical implementation.

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On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited his Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev for the sixth session of the High-Level Strategic Council.

Turkey's Justice Minister said he hoped the United States would review its decision to suspend most visa services to Turkish citizens following the arrest.

USA pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, has also been behind bars for a year for alleged links to Gulen.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is paying an official visit to Belgrade, said he expects Turkish companies to double the number of employees in Serbia next year.

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