Monday, October 9, 2017


US and Turkey suspend bilateral non-immigrant visa services
TURKEY: Officials have suspended issuing visas to U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey. The drastic action occurred after the United States suspended consular services at its Ankara embassy following the arrest of a U.S. consulate employee, who is charged with aiding terrorists—the same charges leveled at American pastor Andrew Brunson and thousands of others under emergency law in effect since last year. The action could affect not only travel to Turkey and tourism, but refugee resettlement and relief work in all parts of the Middle East, with Istanbul a major air transit hub. With so significant a rupture between NATO members, and Turkey last month signing an arms deal with Russia, the silence from the NATO alliance is deafening. -Mindy Belz, Globe Trot (This free e-newsletter is well worth reading. ~Bob)

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