Turkish, US officials decide to meet to resolve dispute - deputy PM

Behind the scenes How was Trump convinced

Behind the scenes How was Trump convinced

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that US Ambassador John Bass is the one who caused the recent visa row between Turkey and the U.S.

Woman waits at U.S. embassy in Ankara.

In response, Washington halted issuing non-immigrant visas from its missions in Turkey, prompting Turkish missions in the USA to hit back with a tit-for-tat move.

Fragile relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - Turkey and the United States - have reached a new low after months of tensions which stem from the Syrian issue, failed coup in Turkey and US court cases against Turkish officials.

Wednesday's telephone call between Tillerson and Turkey's top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu came after the US ambassador to Turkey said Tillerson held talks to try and resolve a major diplomatic break between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Turkish authorities this week detained his wife, his son and his daughter.

In response, the United States suspend non-immigrant visa services there.

At least 10 people were arrested in western Turkey over alleged links to the group behind last year's defeated coup attempt, police said on Thursday. "Representatives from both sides chose to meet and work together", Bozdag said in an interview with broadcaster Haberturk. The crisis in U.S. -Turkey ties will not damage military cooperation between the sides, he noted. He also emphasized the importance of transparency and the need for the evidence behind the accusations to be known, Nauert said.

"We maintain a very close collaboration, very close communication, the military-to-military interaction and integration has not been affected by this", Mattis told reporters as he traveled to a military headquarters in Florida.

He also said a US consulate employee arrested in Turkey had not demanded lawyer access and the USA mission could apply to send a lawyer to see him.

Prosecutors in the southeastern province of Mardin ordered the arrest of the soldiers over the "secret military structuring" of the network of US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, the sources said.

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