Turkey will Boycott Meetings with the US Ambassador

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Erdogan said the $800 million of trade between the two countries "is not enough" and that it should increase sharply in the near future.

"Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey to the security of USA mission and personnel", the statement by the mission in Ankara said.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington retaliated immediately by issuing a similar statement that mirrored the one by the US. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported that he allegedly communicated with former police chiefs in a 2013 corruption probe, 121 people involved in the attempted coup and hundreds of people using an encrypted mobile messaging application.

His remarks came three days after the USA suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey.

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The Turkish restrictions appeared to go further than a move by the U.S. to suspend the processing of "non-immigrant" visas, a specific category that relates to tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work or study.

Relations between Turkey and the USA have been tense over disagreements on Syrian Kurdish militants, which the US backs in the war against the Islamic State group. -Turkish tensions have risen over US military support for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, considered by Ankara to be an extension of the banned PKK, which has waged an insurgency for three decades in southeast Turkey.

Turkey will boycott the upcoming meetings of its representatives with the United States ambassador to the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

"Our wish is that relations between the two allies get back to normal soon", Yildirim said during a provincial governors meeting in Ankara.

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