AMER­I­CANS DIS­AP­POINT PRES­I­DENT ER­DOĞAN

Er­doğan feels the re­main­ing staffers of for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama's ad­min­is­tra­tion are try­ing to un­der­mine the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Turkey and the new ad­min­is­tra­tion led by Pres­i­dent Trump

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page - ILNUR ÇEVIK

TURKS feel the U.S. am­bas­sador had a ma­jor role in the Amer­i­can visa move and that his ad­vice and dis­in­for­ma­tion played a key role in the move to halt U.S. visa ser­vices in Turkey

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan came out strongly, hit­ting the United States as Amer­i­can of­fi­cials seemed to be drag­ging their feet to end the visa cri­sis that has brought re­la­tions be­tween the two “al­lies” to an all-time low. For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Çavuşoğlu spoke to U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son about end­ing the cri­sis over the phone Wed­nes­day night, yet he does not seem to have re­ceived any as­sur­ance from Wash­ing­ton that they are ready to find a so­lu­tion im­me­di­ately. They re­port­edly promised to send a del­e­ga­tion to Ankara next week to dis­cuss the is­sue.

Er­doğan said Thurs­day that U.S. Am­bas­sador John Bass is the one who caused the re­cent visa row be­tween Turkey and the U.S. Speak­ing at a meet­ing with provin­cial gover­nors at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace com­plex in Beştepe, Ankara, Er­doğan de­clared: "It is un­ac­cept­able for the United States to sac­ri­fice a strate­gic part­ner to an am­bas­sador who doesn't know his place. … It's a shame if the U.S. is gov­erned by an am­bas­sador in Ankara."

Turks feel the am­bas­sador had a ma­jor role in the U.S. visa move and that his ad­vice and dis­in­for­ma­tion played a key role in the move to halt U.S. visa ap­pli­ca­tions for Turk­ish cit­i­zens.

Er­doğan feels the re­main­ing staffers of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama's ad­min­is­tra­tion are try­ing to un­der­mine the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Turkey and the new ad­min­is­tra­tion led by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. That is no sur­prise, as the peo­ple who have run the U.S. State De- part­ment, and thus ru­ined re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and the U.S., are still in there po­si­tions as Trump has failed to re­place most of Obama’s peo­ple in the for­eign ser­vice. In fact, Trump is con­fronted with a mess in his own White House where his staff is in to­tal dis­ar­ray.

Amer­i­can of­fi­cials have been too slow to re­spond to Ankara re­gard­ing the visa is­sue, show­ing very lit­tle re­gard for a sit­u­a­tion that has the po­ten­tial to fur­ther threaten ties.

Amer­i­can of­fi­cials have to re­al­ize that some per­son­nel at the U.S. Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul were are in­ves­ti­ga­tion, not be­cause Turk­ish in­ves­ti­ga­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the con­sulate, but be­cause they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a ring con­nected to the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ), and their search led them to the Turk­ish per­son­nel at the con­sulate. So one per­son was ar­rested and an­other is be­ing sought. The tar­get is not the con­sulate and its ac­tiv­i­ties, but the links of two of its Turk­ish per­son­nel to FETÖ, the group that staged the bloody failed coup at­tempt on July 15, 2016.

How­ever, there are claims that the FETÖ mem­bers that in­fil­trated the con­sulate may have ac­tu­ally been agents work­ing with some cir­cles in the U.S. that wanted to de­pose the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment. If this is not the case, then there is no rea­son for Amer­i­can of­fi­cials in Turkey to panic. When they panic or try to avert a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion and take such se­vere mea­sures such as sus­pend­ing visas ser­vices in Turkey, there are quite a few eye­brows raised in Ankara.

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