"Since October, the Government of Turkey has adhered to the high-level assurances it provided to the United States that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation, that local staff of our Embassy and consulates will not be detained or arrested for performing their official duties-including communicating with Turkish officials also working in an official capacity-and that Turkish authorities will inform the USA government in advance if the Government of Turkey intends to detain or arrest any member of our local staff in the future".
Earlier on Thursday, the State Department released a statement that indicated visa services in Turkey had been fully restored.
"Within the framework of the principle of reciprocity, the restrictions placed from our side on the visa regime for U.S. citizens are being lifted simultaneously", it said in a statement.
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The U.S. claimed the decision came after Turkey reassured officials that local employees would not be subjected to additional scrutiny.
But the Turkish embassy statement took issue with this, saying that "Turkey is a state of law" and "no such assurances have been given regarding cases pending in the courts". Meanwhile, the Turkish embassy said that Ankara did not give the USA any guarantees in connection with the ongoing trials.
Ankara assured the U.S. that in the future that Turkish authorities will notify Washington in advance about any possible detention/investigation of any USA embassy staff member in Turkey.
But the department also says it still has concerns about existing allegations against local employees and against US citizens arrested under the state of emergency.
Washington had condemned the arrest of the consulate employee, a male Turkish citizen, as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.