Turkey will Boycott Meetings with the US Ambassador

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan review guard of honour during a ceremony before their meeting in Kyiv,Ukraine

When asked if Turkey and Serbia can reach their goals for economic ties and mutual investment, Vucetic said: "Trade and investment are much better and deeper than even a few years ago", and that trade and investment ties between Turkey and Serbia improved, especially after the two countries signed a free trade agreement in 2010.

"We hope that relations between two allies will return to normal in a short time", he said in the Turkish capital.

"Unfortunately. the US government still has not received any official communications from the Turkish government about the reasons why our local employees have been detained or arrested", Bass said.

Nauert said one of the individuals arrested was assigned to strengthen law enforcement cooperation between the U.S. embassy and the local police.

On Sunday, The U.S. announced the suspension of all non-immigrant visa services at U.S. missions in Turkey.

Metin Topuz is accused of espionage and "attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and constitution".

Relations between Turkey and the US have been tense over disagreements on Syrian Kurdish militants, which the USA backs in the war against the Islamic State group. "We want to understand the substantial charges which support these allegations", said Bass during a meeting with a small group of reporters.

Vucic conceded in his address that he will "not be greeted half as (warmly) as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan".

US pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years, has also been behind bars for a year for alleged links to Gulen.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday stepped up one of the worst rows in decades between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies by saying Turkey no longer regarded ambassador John Bass as the United States representative in the country.

More than 50,000 people have been arrested and 110,000 have been fired from government jobs as part of a state of emergency declared after the failed coup in Turkey.



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