US is prioritizing medical, humanitarian, and student visa applications from Turkey, says US State Department spokesperson

U.S. State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday that they had positive conversations with Turkey regarding the visa issue and that is a "step in the right direction".

Speaking in a press briefing in Washington, Heather Nauert said: "We’re only able to do this on a limited basis right now, but we are prioritizing medical, humanitarian, and also student visas in those cases. We’ve had a series of what I would describe as fairly positive conversations with the Government of Turkey. This is certainly a step in the right direction. It’s a positive step."

The two countries on Monday partially restored visa services after a nearly month-long row over the arrest of Turkish staffers of a U.S. mission for alleged Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) ties.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday to start his trip amid signs of improving Turkish-U.S. relations.


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