Turkey vows to hit back against sanctions over preacher's arrest

US President Donald Trump and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met during a NATO summit in July

US President Donald Trump and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met during a NATO summit in July

"But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period".

Despite a sharp deterioration in relations over the detention of an American pastor, the United States and Turkey remain valued partners, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday, in an apparent bid to ease tensions that have rocked ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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.

Turkey and the USA on Friday failed to resolve a diplomatic standoff over a detained pastor in talks between their top diplomats, with Ankara warning sanctions imposed by Washington would not work. He denies the charges but faces up to 35 years in jail.

A leading Turkish opposition party wants to make it personal in the increasingly nasty clash between Ankara and Washington, saying Turkey should retaliate for economic sanctions imposed by the Trump administration by seizing the Trump Towers complex that are one of the most prominent features of the Istanbul skyline.

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

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he and Pompeo agreed to move forward with diplomatic negotiations.

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Washington earlier this week imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the case of Andrew Brunson, a us pastor on trial in Turkey for backing terrorism.

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

The lira hit a record low of 5.0934 to the dollar, recovering to trade at 5.0605 by 1434 GMT.

The standoff appears to be one of the most serious crises between Turkey and the United States in modern history, along with the rows over the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. "President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately". Mr. Erdogan's government also alleges the Mr. Brunson has ties to a Turkish preacher now living in exile in the US whom Ankara accuses of fomenting the coup.

Erdogan on Friday said in his Ankara speech that Turkey expected joint efforts regarding Manbij "to continue without being affected by other issues", in a possible indirect reference to the dispute with Washington.

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