Pompeo Leans on Turkey to Release Pastor Brunson: 'The Clock's Run Out'

US imposes sanctions on Turkey as Lira drops and Turkey threatens retaliation

Before the meeting, Pompeo told reporters that he hoped Turkey would see that the sanctions were "a demonstration that we're very serious".

"Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner with whom the United States has every intention of continuing to work cooperatively", Pompeo said.

-Turkish citizen convicted of terrorism charges that the State Department says are "without credible evidence", is also imprisoned in the country. "But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period".

USA media reported there had been a deal with Turkey to free Brunson after Washington's ally Israel released a Turkish woman held on terror charges.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is set to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the next few days, also warned that the move "will not go without response".

Cavusoglu, in comments to Turkish broadcasters, said he and Pompeo had also discussed potential joint steps the two countries could take regarding Syria's Idlib and Manbij.

Erdogan said within the scope of the action plan, the environmental impact assessment and survey project works of Canal Istanbul will be submitted for approval.

NASA scientist Serkan Golge, a U.S. He was arrested in December 2016 following a failed coup on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and espionage. 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.

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"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.

The pastor denies the charges while USA officials have publicly insisted that Brunson is innocent and should be freed.

The US has imposed sanctions on Turkey's justice and interior ministers over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

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It added that the US' "aggressive attitude serves no objective", and vowed that it would respond in equal measure.

The Turkish leader has previously connected Brunson's return to the U.S.to the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S. since 1999, has denied any role in the 2016 coup attempt.

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