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Tillerson Calls Turkish Foreign Minister Over Recent Detentions

12 October 2017

"Talks between the foreign minister and (U.S. Secretary of State) Tillerson were very constructive".

The scheduled meeting reportedly follows a phone conversation between USA secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Referring to Topuz, he added: "The testimony of a USA local staff member, a Turkish citizen, was filed to both the police and the prosecution office in the presence of a lawyer".

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The U.S. Embassy in Ankara made the first move by releasing a statement saying that "recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Turkish Government to the security of U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel". Turkey retaliated by halting visas services in the United States.

During the call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Tillerson emphasized the "need for the Turkish government to present the evidence behind these accusations", said a statement by the State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. He said that he couldn't comment on the charges or evidence against the two because Turkey hasn't provided the US with that information.

"I personally find it odd that high-level USA officials did not conduct any means of communication with our foreign minister".

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He added that the arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General was carried out within the law.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Tuesday that the USA has seen no evidence that the consular employees were supporters of Gulen.

"Relations between Turkey and the USA are stable", he said.

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He added that Turkey is committed to "safeguarding" United States government employees in Turkey. "It is concerning for an Ankara ambassador to take such a decision then claim he took it "in the name of my country", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. "For some reason his side of interactions are suddenly being classified as support for terrorism or membership in a terrorist organization, and I have yet to see a consistent description of which terrorist organization he is supposed to be a member of".

Tillerson Calls Turkish Foreign Minister Over Recent Detentions