Turkish Officials to Boycott Meetings with US Ambassador: Erdogan

Crimean official Erdogan simply playing along to Poroshenko

Crimean official Erdogan simply playing along to Poroshenko

"Our ambassadors tend to not do things unilaterally", Heather Nauert told reporters.

But the State Department said that Bass had been operating with the full authority of the USA government. "It was coordinated with the White House and coordinated with the NSC (National Security Council)".

The U.S. and Turkey on Sunday mutually suspended non-immigrant visa services to each other's citizens, a move that has further soured the ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkish officials had expressed hope of a new page in Ankara-Washington relations under President Donald Trump after repeated bickering in the last months of Barack Obama's term.

Nauert said the US was "very disappointed" by the Turkish government's arrest of two of their local staff, including Metin Topuz.

"U.S. consulate worker N.M.C., husband and father of the suspects in question, has no diplomatic immunity and has been called to the prosecutor's office to testify", Anadolu quoted a statement from the Istanbul prosecutor's office as saying.

"The Turkish business is more and more interested in Serbia".

"Allegations made against our local staff are very serious allegations".

The spokesperson also confirmed that a third employee of the USA embassy was apprehended by Turkish authorities, however, the United States is not aware if the individual was arrested or just questioned.

FETO and its USA -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the attempted coup, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

When asked if Turkey and Serbia can reach their goals for economic ties and mutual investment, Vucetic said: "Trade and investment are much better and deeper than even a few years ago", and that trade and investment ties between Turkey and Serbia improved, especially after the two countries signed a free trade agreement in 2010.

She claimed the USA has not seen any evidence that supports what the Turkish government accuses them of.

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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