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Tillerson’s call with Turkish FM shows no sign of an end for the visa crisis

Ilhan Tanir, Washington DC

Secretary Tillerson for the first time spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu since the visa suspension spat began on Sunday.

The readout issued by the State Department doesn’t show both countries getting closer to solve the crisis.

American side seems to be repeating what the US spokesperson Nauert stated yesterday, during daily briefing: bring the evidence.

Tillerson’s “transparency” emphasize stands out.

Readout of the State Department ends saying that the both side will remain in close contact “to address U.S. concerns about these detentions.” So, according to the readout, the condition for US and Turkey stay in contact only can happen if Turkey addresses these detentions.

For the first time in recent memory, US and Turkish senior officials’ readout does not say anything about the partnership between the countries. In fact, the whole readout does not include any positive phase, showing how strained the relations are.

Here is the full readout which is issued on Wednesday night:

Secretary Tillerson’s Call with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Cavusoglu 

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Tillerson spoke today with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.  Secretary Tillerson conveyed to the Foreign Minister his profound concern over the detentions of Turkish national employees of our diplomatic mission to Turkey and of several American citizens.  Secretary Tillerson emphasized the importance of transparency in the accusations made by the Turkish government and the need for the Turkish government to present the evidence behind these accusations.  Secretary Tillerson and Foreign Minister Cavusoglu agreed the two sides would remain in close contact to address U.S. concerns about these detentions.

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