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"Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded on Twitter, saying, "(T) he effort by the USA to impose sanctions on our two ministers will not go unanswered.

Speaking about Turkey's relations with the U.S., Erdogan said: "We expect our joint works with the U.S. on Manbij will continue unaffected, [despite] other problems between us".

He said the sanctions are meant to show Turkey that the USA is "serious" about the issue.

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".

Brunson, jailed in December 2016, is now under home detention.

Despite the announcement of sanctions, Erdogan called for a return to the two country's partnership, saying, "We think there is no problem we can not solve with the American administration".


"Pretty straightforward", Pompeo said. "It's pretty straightforward. Pastor Brunson is an innocent pastor and they need to let him return to the United States".

"We are going to work to see if we can find a way forward", he emphasized.

Brunson was accused of helping supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the us -based cleric who Turkish authorities say masterminded the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan in which 250 people were killed. He is facing a 35-year sentence if convicted of the charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and espionage. He was also charged with supporting outlawed Kurdish PKK militants. Gulen denies the allegations.

On Friday, the currency fell to 5.1140 against the dollar.

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. Investors' deepening concerns have sent the lira to record lows and hammered local stocks, as well as Turkey's debt-risk profile. He was recently moved from prison to house arrest.

He is scheduled to appear before a court in October for his third hearing after the court rejected an appeal for his release in a July 18 hearing. Pence, who has close ties to the evangelical Christian community, has been following proceedings since Brunson was arrested and pressing behind the scenes for action, aides said.


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