North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief urges US, Turkey to 'find solutions' to row

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

He said this in an interview at NATO HQ in Brussels on Friday.

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg has said that a military intervention against North Korea would have devastating consequences.

"I only urge the USA and Turkey to sit down and find solutions because it is important for the alliance that we are able to work closely together, especially in that region, because Turkey is a key ally in our fight against terrorism", Stoltenberg told AFP in an interview.

The row erupted when a Turkish employee of the USA consulate in Istanbul was arrested on suspicion of links to Fetullah Gulen, a US-based congregation leader that Ankara blames for last year's failed coup.

Hours after the U.S. decision, Ankara said it had also halted processing visa applications from the U.S. The move, announced online by the Turkish Embassy in Washington, applies to visas in passports, electronic visas and visas at the borders, and is also effective immediately.

Turkey is a key player in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group and the USA relies heavily on the airbase at Incirlik in the country's south to launch air strikes against the militants in neighbouring Iraq and Syria.

Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee who has worked in the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul since 1982, was arrested on charges of espionage and links to FETO.

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