Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Turkey Should Allow Detained US Embassy Staff Access to Attorneys : State Department

US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert
The Turkish government should allow US embassy staff it detained access to attorneys, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

"I think a good start would be to allow them access to their attorneys," Nauert said when asked what the United States expects from the Turkish government before resuming visa services between the two countries. "To our knowledge they [detained US embassy staff] have not had access to legal counsel as of this point."

On Sunday, the US embassy announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services at the US diplomatic facilities in Turkey over the recent arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul. In response, Turkish authorities decided to suspend US visa applications.

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