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USA hopes spat with Turkey over pastor resolved 'in coming days'

USA hopes spat with Turkey over pastor resolved 'in coming days'

Speaking on Friday ahead of the meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that USA sanctions on Turkey showed America is "very serious" about Brunson's release.

Their talks came after Washington imposed sanctions on two of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ministers over the trial of a us pastor accused of backing terrorism.

On Friday, the two leaders agreed to work together to resolve tensions between the two countries.

Their talks came after Washington imposed sanctions on two of Turkey's ministers over the trial of a United States pastor Andrew Craig Brunson accused of backing terrorism.

"We have said since the beginning that threatening language and sanctions will not get any result", he said.

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Pompeo met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Singapore during a security conference in Southeast Asia.

The sell-off, which also hammered local stocks and Turkey's debt risk profile, reflected deepening investor concern over tensions with the United States, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and major trading partner.

"We've seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong and we believe he is a victim of unfair and unjust detention by the government of Turkey", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emphasized to reporters Wednesday.

Turkey's foreign ministry previously said it would retaliate against Washington's decision, calling it a "hostile stance".

Both Cavusoglu and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described the conversation as constructive. They have been at odds over numerous matters, including military activity in northern Syria and Turkey's plans to purchase an advanced air defense system from Russian Federation.

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On the sanctions, he said: "I hope they'll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we're very serious".

Pastor Brunson was arrested in Izmir, Turkey in October 2016, and was accused without any evidence of helping terrorist groups and of engaging in espionage.

Brunson, 50, is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges, which he and the US government vehemently deny. 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.

One is led by US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for masterminding the failed 2016 coup against the Turkish government. "President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately".

The Erdogan government has vowed to retaliate against the US sanctions, announced Wednesday, but has not revealed what they will be.

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Brunson was accused of helping supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the USA -based cleric who Turkish authorities say masterminded the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan in which 250 people were killed. Gulen denies the allegations.