Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

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Trump has escalated pressure on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member since last month when a court in Turkey placed American pastor Andrew Brunson under house arrest after 21 months in prison.

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.

Steps taken by the United States about pastor Andrew Brunson were not suitable for a strategic partner and were disrespectful to Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will freeze the assets in Turkey of U.S. "justice and interior" secretaries, state-run Anadolu reported. The Turkish government accuses Mr Brunson of links to the coup attempt of that year, and he faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty.

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.

While Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu had agreed to resolve the situation in a meeting with Pompeo, he also says that the threatening language and sanctions from the United States won't get them anywhere.

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On Friday State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said Pompeo and Cavusoglu had a "constructive conversation" and "agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries". "But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period".

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", he said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that Brunson was a "victim of unfair and unjust attention by the government of Turkey" as she announced sanctions.

Some analysts have argued Turkey is wary of allowing any further escalation in the crisis, which has already sent the lira to record lows in value against the dollar of above 5 for the first time. "President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately". Gulen denies the allegations. On Tuesday, a court rejected his appeal to be released from house arrest during his trial on terrorism charges.

Brunson's case has resonated with President Donald Trump and particularly with Vice President Mike Pence, who has close ties to evangelical Christians.

The American pastor was also charged with supporting outlawed Kurdish PKK fighters.

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