The diplomatic and political relations between the United States of America and Turkey have not been very exemplary in recent times. The failed coup attempt in Turkey and Trump’s obscure policies towards the country have led to a diplomatic muddle which is getting worse with every passing event.
The major grounds of conflict between both the countries are focused on Fethaullah Gullen and Turkey’s inclination towards Syrian war. While Turkey continues to blame Fethaullah Gullen for the major coup attempt that took place last year, America shows no sign of extricating the Turkish leader living in exile in the United States of America. On the other hand, there is an evident dividing line between Eordigan’s policies and America’s plans in Syria.
Just a couple of days back, both the countries were once again in the spotlight of international news media when Turkey arrested an employee of US Consulate who was allegedly involved in planning the military takeover that took place last year and failed due to immense support from the public. As a result of the arrest, both countries have halted their visa services for the citizen of each other’s country.
This attempt by USA to stop the inflow of Turks in their country has resulted in a huge economic loss for Turkey and they are facing a complete chaos in their financial markets. This has also impacted the tourism industry which is a major contributing area of national income for the country.
Just in 2016, the United States of America issued around 110,000 visas in Istanbul and Ankara. This move by both the countries is just an immature chain of action and reaction which will only affect the people who wish to travel.
The grudge of Eordigan related to America’s soil facilitating Gullen is a major reason for the differences between both the countries and America is in no mood to pacify the ongoing political chaos because of Turkey’s policies in Syria. Turkey is being bolstered by Russia so America is reluctant to take any step that would cause them a great damage rather than other countries.