Turkey-US had productive visa talks, US State Department says

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"Those talks were described to me as productive, that they made substantial progress in the overall agenda", the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday.

Turkey's Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday the talks with the United States over a diplomatic row were now moving in a "good direction".

Unfortunately this latest formal diplomatic split, which is a first between these two historically close North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, means that every day the issue remains unresolved does further damage to bilateral relations.

Earlier this month Washington suspended visa services after Turkey detained two Turkish nationals employed as US consular staff.

Turkey won't buckle under USA "impositions", its foreign minister said Wednesday as officials from both countries met to try to resolve a diplomatic dispute that resulted in the mutual suspension of traveler visas for each other's citizens. A United States envoy arrived in Ankara this week to resolve the dispute, but it has yet to make any headway.

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He is accused of "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and Turkey's government", and "spying", a judicial source said.

On Tuesday, the Turkish parliament approved a three-month extension to a state of emergency that has been in place since July 20 a year ago.

The FETO terror group and its US -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 2016, which left 250 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured.

Ankara accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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