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He asserted that Turkey will stand behind its decision to mutually suspend visa services with Washington if the U.S. Secretary of State and the president defended the envoy's move.
Wednesday's talk between the two officials is first since the U.S. Embassy in Turkey on Sunday announced the suspension of non-immigration visas for Turkish nationals following the arrest of a Turkish employee at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the dispute has not affected the U.S. military's relationship with Turkey's armed forces.
On the ongoing judicial process against Turks working for the US mission, Kalin said, "It is not possible to understand the USA move in connecting these latest developments to the visa issue or the security of the personnel working at the US embassy". Erdogan had been encouraging the impression that Bass acted without approval from Washington, a view that gained traction after several days of silence from the State Department and White House.
In a phone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Tillerson also called on the Turkish government to present evidence behind the accusations against the employees, the department said. "If the ambassador acted on his own, then the USA administration should not keep him there for a minute".
The U.S. suspended most visa services for Turkish citizens after Turkish authorities arrested a Turkish employee at the American consulate in Istanbul on charges of espionage and alleged ties to U.S. -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for last year's failed coup.
"It's a shame if the U.S.is governed by an ambassador in Ankara", he added.
Ties between the two countries are tense over Gulen, who is wanted in Turkey but who denies allegations of plotting the failed coup. "For some reason his side of interactions are suddenly being classified as support for terrorism or membership in a terrorist organization, and I have yet to see a consistent description of which terrorist organization he is supposed to be a member of".
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