The U.S. and Turkey have resumed full reciprocal visa services, ending a diplomatic dispute that began in October after Turkey arrested an employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.

On Thursday, the U.S. embassy in Ankara announced that it would end restrictions on the issuance of visas to Turkish citizens because the Turkish government has provided assurances that it would inform the U.S. ahead of time if it intends to detain or arrest any U.S. embassy or consulate staff. Turkey has also told the U.S. that no embassy or consulate staff will be detained or arrested for performing their official duties, the embassy said. 

Turkey responded in kind Thursday, announcing an end to restrictions on visas for U.S. citizens "in accordance with the principle of reciprocity."

But the Turkish embassy in Washington also put out a statement disputing the U.S. claim that it had made such guarantees.

"It is inappropriate to misinform Turkish and American public that such assurances were provided," the embassy said. 

Turkey faults the U.S. for refusing to hand over Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania resident who Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a July 2016 coup attempt. Turkey detained more than 110,000 people in a post-coup crackdown.

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