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The ‘End is Nigh’ for Turkey-U.S. Relations.

October 9, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Sunday 8th October 2017, both Turkey and the United States announced that all visas between the two countries would be suspended, following from a diplomatic fall out between the two.

A battle commenced on Sunday between the two countries on Twitter, in which a heavy exchange of words were used as ammunition, so to announce the present status of their relations.  For instance, the U.S. tweeted that due to recent events, the U.S. will “reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel.” This was quickly responded to by Turkey, in which it was tweeted in a parroting fashion that they would also be reassessing “the commitment of the Government of the United States to the security of Turkish mission facilities and personnel”.

Relations between Turkey and the U.S. have been fragile ever since the U.S announced that it supported Syrian Kurdish militants in the war against the Islamic state group. This thus became problematic for Turkey, who deems the Syrian Kurdish militants as a terrorist group. This is because the Kurdish militants are determined by Turkey as an extension of the Kurdistan workers party (PKK), who have caused havoc within Turkish borders for several years.

The suspension of non-immigrant visas from Turkey to the U.S. is to be “effective immediately”, in which will severely limit the number of visitors to the U.S embassy that is currently situated in Turkey. Such suspension is also likely to affect a vast amount of industries, predominately surrounding business and tourism.

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Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby