The US mission in turkey and subsequently Turkish mission in Washington mutually reduced visa services for each other’s citizens after turkey arrested a locally-hired staff member of the US Istanbul consulate.

Last week, a US consulate employee in Istanbul was arrested on charges of links to Fetullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based congregation leader who orchestrated a failed military coup attempt against the government in Ankara last year.

Turkey has also pressed, so far in vain, for the united states to extradite Fethullah Gulen over the July 2016 putsch, in which more than 240 people were killed.

Washington has dismissed these accusations as unsatisfactory.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington followed the us example, and made virtually the same statement, only replacing the Country Names.

The Turkish court said Topuz had links to suspects in a network allegedly run by Gulen, dubbed the Fetullah terrorist organization.