Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

USA actions regarding pastor Brunson disrespectful to Turkey: Erdogan

USA actions regarding pastor Brunson disrespectful to Turkey: Erdogan

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.

Speaking about Turkey's relations with the U.S., Erdogan said: "We expect our joint works with the U.S. on Manbij will continue unaffected, [despite] other problems between us".

Brunson was moved to house arrest last week following almost two years in jail on terror-related charges but the change only increased tensions.

The sanctions, announced Wednesday, allow the US government to target individuals and companies involved in corruption or human-rights abuses, which in this case include Turkey's justice and interior ministers.

Two Turkish employees of United States consulates in Turkey are also now in jail on terror charges and another is under house arrest, while several Americans have been caught up in the crackdown that followed a failed 2016 coup.

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"Brunson needs to come home, as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected the US demands, saying his government won't back down and is willing to "go its own way" if the USA acted.

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

After reports that the United States would sanction individuals over the case, the lira hit a record low of 5.01 against the dollar, before rallying slightly to 4.9.

The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "should seize the Trump Towers", Aytun Ciray, general secretary of the Iyi (Good) Party, said to protest the White House announcement of sanctions on Turkey's interior and justice ministers.

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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.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who shares Brunson's evangelical Christian faith, have made his release a priority. His next hearing is on October 12.

He was recently released from prison and put under house arrest but still faces a sentence of up to 35 years if he is convicted at his ongoing trial.

The FETO and its US -based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and almost 2,200 injured. He was also charged with supporting outlawed PKK Kurdish militants.

But the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies then agreed on a roadmap for the YPG-held Manbij after Ankara threatened to extend the operation to the northern town where there are U.S. forces.

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