We are pleased with the reciprocal decision that ended the visa tension and hope that diplomatic dialogue will continue to improve in 2018
Turkish Heritage Organization (THO), is pleased with today’s official announcement regarding the full resumption of visa services in Turkey and the U.S. Travel restrictions, which were abruptly announced in early October, came at a critical time when the U.S. – Turkey bilateral relations were already strained.
It is important to note that both governments have maintained and engaged in constructive discussion and diplomatic dialogue throughout this critical period. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Cohen’s visit to Turkey in October was followed by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s early November visit to the U.S. Although disagreements over several critical issues and their satisfactory resolution remain at large, the decision shows mutual confidence is now restored.
The history of U.S.-Turkey relations clearly indicates that despite having difficulties, the overarching strategic relationship has always remained indispensable. It is encouraging to see that cooperation based on shared values and relationships have prevailed. As we previously highlighted in our factsheet on people-to-people ties, full resumption of visa services will benefit ordinary people who contribute and reinforce the enduring links between the people of both countries through economic, academic, social, and cultural relations.
Turkish Heritage Organization