The U.S. will work to ensure that military relations with Turkey will be unaffected by an ongoing diplomatic row, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday.
"We maintain a very close collaboration, very close communication, the military-to-military interaction and integration has not been affected by this", Mattis told reporters as he traveled to a military headquarters in Florida.
On Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said the row had not impacted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or United States military ties with Turkey.
Topuz is suspected to be linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year's defeated coup attempt in Turkey, according to a judicial source.
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The detentions prompted Washington to stop issuing visas and triggered a diplomatic crisis. "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.
"This was coordinated with the State Department".
Wednesday's talk between the two officials is first since the U.S. Embassy in Turkey on Sunday announced the suspension of non-immigration visas for Turkish nationals following the arrest of a Turkish employee at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.
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