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The budding bromance between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may finally be on the rocks. It’s not as if the Turks haven’t given us plenty of reasons to be upset with them already, but the recent arrest of of one of our embassy workers in Istanbul seems to have been the straw which at least put a crack in the camel’s back.
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The U.S. mission to Turkey said on Sunday it had suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey, on the grounds that it needed to “reassess” Turkey’s commitment to its personnel.
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“Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey to the security of U.S. mission and personnel,” the statement by the mission in Ankara said.
“In order to minimize the number of visitors to our embassy and consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey.”
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As I alluded to above, Turkey responded by doing the same thing to us. But in a sign that they might finally be taking us seriously, their Justice Minister came out the same day urging both sides to rethink this position and return to a more normal diplomatic stance. He clearly wouldn’t have sent such a signal without clearing it with Erdogan first, so perhaps they’re ready to be a bit more reasonable.
And to be sure, the Turks are making a fair point in this specific case. This...
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