Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday has voiced hope that the strained ties between Turkey and the U.S. would normalize soon.
“We hope that the relations between the two allies will return to normal soon,” Yildirim said during a meeting with provincial governors at Cankaya Palace in the capital Ankara.
Yildirim assured the governors that Ankara would use “common sense” in dealing with the situation. His remarks came after the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced it had suspended non-immigrant visa services at all diplomatic facilities in Turkey on Sunday.
In response, Turkey’s Washington Embassy suspended non-immigrant visa services in the U.S. citing security concerns.
The decision came after Turkish national Metin Topuz, confirmed by the U.S. Istanbul Consulate as a local employee, was remanded in custody over terror charges by an Istanbul court last week.
Topuz is suspected to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year’s defeated coup attempt in Turkey, according to a judicial source.
Ankara accuses FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen of orchestrating the attempted coup, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Topuz has been linked to a number of FETO suspects, including police commissioners and former prosecutor Zekeriya Oz, a fugitive accused of attempting to overthrow the government through the use of force, said a source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions.