Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

Meanwhile, Turkey has said the United States demands for the pastor's release are "unacceptable".

Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, denies the charges.

Cavusoglu called his meeting with Pompeo "constructive".

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Turkey on Friday for the release of a detained American pastor whose case has led the Trump administration to hit senior Turkish officials with sanctions and badly strained ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"Brunson needs to come home, as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government", Pompeo told reporters ahead of the summit. Turkey has said the sanctions are unacceptable.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will seek global arbitration if the Trump administration fails to deliver the fighter jets.

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Pastor Andrew Brunson was held in prison for almost two years before he was moved to house arrest last week, disappointing American officials who expected his release.

The meeting was the first between the countries' officials after Ankara vowed it would respond to sanctions with retaliatory measures.

"I can say that it was a very constructive meeting", stated Cavusoglu.

"To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are in violation of one or both the UN Security Council resolutions, we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for".

Fifty-year-old Brunson faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted of carrying out activities on behalf of two groups, which Turkey considers to be terror organizations.

Under the sanctions to be imposed by the Treasury Department, any property, or interest in property, belonging to Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul or Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu within USA jurisdiction would be blocked.

The Turkish leader previously connected Brunson's return to the U.S.to the extradition of Fethullah Gulen.

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