Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

"But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Turkey on Friday for the release of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, warning that the issue was "very serious".

"We are facing an economic war, but we will win it", Erdogan said, adding Turkey is issuing Chinese Yuan denominated bonds for the first time, and to overcome difficulties due to credit rating reports, Turkey is turning towards China for external borrowing. He denies the charges but faces up to 35 years in jail.

The Turkish foreign ministry called on the United States to reverse its "wrong decision" on Thursday after Washington announced sanctions on Abdulhamit Gul, the minister of justice, and Suleyman Soylu, the minister of interior.

The two NATO allies have been at loggerheads over Turkey's detention of a North Carolina-born Christian pastor on terror charges.

"Brunson needs to come home".

"They've been holding these folks for a long time".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he and Pompeo agreed to move forward with diplomatic negotiations.

Speaking to Turkish journalists after the meeting, Cavusoglu also described the discussion with Pompeo as "constructive", but added: "Nothing can be achieved through threatening language and sanctions".

"Everyone's very disappointed. Nobody expected this kind of treatment (toward) two Cabinet ministers", said Ilnur Cevik, a senior adviser to Turkish strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Our relationship will never be cut", he said.

The lira hit a record low of 5.0934 to the dollar, recovering to trade at 5.0605 by 1434 GMT.

Meanwhile, Pompeo noted that Brunson's detainment was just one of many issues the U.S. has with Turkey - for instance, Turkey's ongoing detention of three Turkish employees of the United States consulate in Istanbul.

Washington this week imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the case of Andrew Brunson, a USA pastor on trial in Turkey accused of backing terrorism. "President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately".

US-Turkey ties were already strained over US support for a Syrian Kurdish militia which Turkey views as a terrorist group and the failure to extradite Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the 2016 failed putsch. His next hearing is set for October 12.

After Ankara launched an offensive in January supporting Syrian rebels against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in its western enclave of Afrin in Syria, the USA called for restraint.

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