Detained Pastor Brunson causing Turkey-U.S. tension files fresh appeal

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a news conference in Ankara Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a news conference in Ankara Turkey

The pastor was released for house arrest on July 25.

The Trump administration has slapped the Turkish regime with tariffs and sanctions for holding the United States citizen captive.

U.S. President Donald Trump "has a great deal of frustration" that an American pastor jailed in Turkey, as well as other U.S. citizens and employees of diplomatic facilities held there, has not been released, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Last week, Washington imposed sanctions and raised tariffs against Ankara over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Explaining the new tariffs, Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay said the rises were ordered "within the framework of reciprocity in retaliation for the conscious attacks on our economy by the USA administration". The target products include, among others, cars, alcohol, and cosmetics, with rate hikes of 120%, 140%, and 60%, respectively.

The promise of an investment package comes after Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met with President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara and as Turkey comes to terms with a collapse in the lira amid rising tensions with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally the US.

"We want to see a democratic, stable & prosperous Turkey".

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman to the Turkish President Erdogan, is on the wires now, via Reuters, speaking on the Lira's price-action in Ankara.

But senior Trump administration officials, in addition to the president, have spent weeks now focusing their demands on the immediate release of Brunson, an American missionary who has served in Turkey for more than two decades.

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With the diplomatic spat with the US showing no signs of letting up, Erdogan will be speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday and French President Emmanuel Macron Thursday, his spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in Ankara.

"What is happening in Turkey goes far beyond the United States and the United States' recent policies and impositions of various policies and mechanisms", Nauert said.

Investors are anxious that about Erdogan's control over the central bank and his pressure to keep it from raising interest rates.

Unfazed by Turkey's escalating economic turmoil, Erdoğan suggested he would snub US-made iPhones in favour of other mobile brands produced domestically or in other countries.

A Turkish court rejected a new appeal to free U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, whose detention has sparked a major row between Turkey and the US.

Brunson faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty.

The country said it is willing to hold talks with the US over the matter.

Lavrov, alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, also declared, "We are at a turning point, without exaggeration, in world history" from dominance by a single power toward a multipolar environment.

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