Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

"Today I am ordering that Turkey also freeze all assets in Turkey of the USA justice and interior ministers, if they have any, " Erdogan said.

The US responded to the failure to fully free Brunson by hitting two top Turkish ministers with sanctions, prompting Ankara to threaten reciprocal measures.

Meeting with his Turkish counterpart on Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that "the clock had run out" on Turkey to meet USA demands to release an American pastor detained since 2016.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday unveiled first 100-day action plan of Turkey's new presidential Cabinet in the capital Ankara. We turned to Ahmet Berat Çonkar, the head of Turkey's delegation to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Mr. Erdogan's government also alleges the Mr. Brunson has ties to a Turkish preacher now living in exile in the USA whom Ankara accuses of fomenting the coup.

Berat Albayrak, Turkey's finance and treasury minister and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son-in-law, on Friday played down the idea that strains between the two countries would continue in the long term.

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Brunson was in a Turkish prison for 21 months until he was transferred to house arrest last week.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss the issue on the sidelines of regional meetings in Singapore on Friday. "But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period", he added, also describing the talks as very constructive. He is facing a 35-year sentence if convicted of the charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and espionage.

On the sanctions, he said: "I hope they'll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we're very serious". "These are innocent people".

"We've seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong", Sanders said, calling his detention "unfair and unjust". On Tuesday, a court rejected his appeal to be released altogether during his trial. He was also charged with supporting outlawed PKK Kurdish militants. Pence, who has close ties to the evangelical Christian community, has been following proceedings since Brunson was arrested and pressing behind the scenes for action, aides said. Gulen denies the allegations. "President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately".

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