October 9, 2017 / 8:24 AM / a year ago

Turkish business group says U.S. relations will suffer from disagreements

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Disagreements between Turkey and the United States will harm economic, social, cultural and academic relations between the two countries, as well as ordinary citizens, leading Turkish business association TUSIAD said on Monday.

It made the comment after the U.S. mission in Turkey and subsequently the Turkish mission in Washington mutually scaled back visa services on Sunday, after a U.S. consulate employee was arrested in Turkey last week.

TUSIAD also said in a written statement that diplomatic processes to solve the “visa crisis” should be started right away and that disagreements and differences should be settled with calm diplomacy.

Reporting by Birsen Altayli; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Daren Butler

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