Stoltenberg urges US and Turkey to 'find solutions' to visa raw
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg urged the United States and Turkey to find solutions to a crisis in relations between the two key members of the military alliance.
"I only urge the US 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 Agence France-Presse in an interview.
"We are always ready to help, but I know there are direct contacts so I am certain Turkey and the United States are talking to each other directly and addressing some of this disputes,” Stoltenberg added.
The row erupted when a Turkish employee of the US consulate in Istanbul was arrested on suspicion of links to a US-based preacher Ankara blames for last year’s failed coup.
Washington halted issuing non-immigrant visas in Turkey in response and yesterday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the US was in danger of “sacrificing” relations.