Erdogan says US set deadline for pastor's release


FILE PHOTO: U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson reacts as he arrives at his home after being released from the prison in Izmir, Turkey July 25, 2018. Demiroren News Agency/DHA via REUTERS

U.S.
pastor Andrew Brunson reacts as he arrives at his home after
being released from the prison in Izmir

Thomson Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The United States gave Turkey a deadline
until last Wednesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on
Sunday, to release an American pastor being tried by a Turkish
court.

The case of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Christian, is one of a
series of disputes that lies at the heart of deteriorating ties
between the two NATO allies.

Speaking to supporters in the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon,
Erdogan revealed details of negotiations held last week between
the two countries, saying Washington had threatened sanctions if
Turkey refused to release the pastor.

A Turkish court has transferred Brunson to house arrest after
almost 20 months in jail. Frustrated with his continuing
detention, Washington sanctioned two Turkish ministers and then
doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; editing by David Stamp)

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