Who is Andrew Brunson, The Pastor Prompting Sanctions Threats Against Turkey?

Who is Andrew Brunson, The Pastor Prompting Sanctions Threats Against Turkey?

Who is Andrew Brunson, The Pastor Prompting Sanctions Threats Against Turkey?

Otherwise, Congress wants the administration to block financing for Turkey's troubled economy from global lending institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Turkish-US relations are already strained over Washington's refusal to extradite Gulen as well as American backing for a Kurdish militia in Syria which Turkey says is linked to the PKK.

Trump also has praised his counterpart, saying Erdogan's leadership is "getting very high marks". Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Turkish authorities had conveyed the message to a delegation of US Treasury and State Department officials during a visit to Ankara last week.

Brunson was pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church, serving a small Protestant congregation in Turkey's third-largest city, south of the Aegean town of Aliaga where he is now on trial.

NBC spoke with Brunson's lawyer, Ismail Cem Halavurt, who says Brunson is not allowed to leave his house under any condition other than to go to interviews or court hearings.

Perkins said he has coordinated, through FRC, a list of about 10,000 names of people who said they were praying for them.

'He is suffering greatly.

"If Turkey does not take immediate actions to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to America, the USA will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free", Pence said at a State Department ministerial meeting to advance religious freedom. Trump wrote on Twitter.

It is thought standing up for a pastor will be appreciated by his Christian supporters.

Turkey responded that Brunson's detention falls within the jurisdiction of its independent judiciary.

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Turkey on Friday hosted an American delegation for talks to address concerns about the potential negative impact on its economy of the looming reimposition of United States sanctions against Iran.

Last week a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would require the United States to reject global loans to Turkey until Brunson and other Americans are freed or the harassment against them ends.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley declined Thursday to discuss the timing of a sanctions announcement or the decision-making process.

The United States is threatening sanctions on Turkey unless a detained American pastor is released.

It said Brunson's defence had been completed and evidence for the case was nearly all collected.

The Trump administration has repeatedly pressed the Turkish government to release Brunson, 50, a longtime resident of Turkey who was swept up in a campaign of mass arrests that followed a coup attempt against Erdogan in the summer of 2016.

Mr Brunson is one of 20 Americans who were charged after the coup, according to the New York Times.

The case, which was adjourned until October 12, has strained ties between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Turkey and the United States. The legislation demands the release of Brunson as well as any other "U.S. citizens wrongfully or unlawfully detained in Turkey".

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reacted to the warning Thursday, tweeting "No one dictates Turkey".

During the third and final day of the first-ever State Department ministerial to advance religious freedom, Pence and Pompeo also highlighted the plight of religious minorities across the globe. In Iraq, religious minority groups of Yazidis and Christians victimized by ISIS [Islamic State terror group] are still in dire need of security and assistance.

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