Turkey lira slumps to record lows over USA sanctions


"We have repeated this today".

Meanwhile, Pompeo noted that Brunson's detainment was just one of many issues the U.S. has with Turkey - for instance, Turkey's ongoing detention of three Turkish employees of the United States consulate in Istanbul.

Cavusoglu, in comments to Turkish broadcasters, said he and Pompeo had also discussed potential joint steps the two countries could take regarding Syria's Idlib and Manbij.

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

Before the meeting, Pompeo told reporters that he hoped Turkey would see that the sanctions were "a demonstration that we're very serious".

Late last month, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that his country "will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson".

Turkey has said the sanctions were unacceptable. The Turks have also vowed to retaliate for the sanctions "without delay".

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is set to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the next few days, also warned that the move "will not go without response".

"The decision, which disrespectfully intervenes in our judicial system, will seriously damage the constructive efforts made in order to resolve problems between the two countries", Ankara's foreign ministry said.

Brunson, a North Carolina pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, is accused of helping the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization in a failed military coup in 2016 and the PKK organization, a group related to the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

"I can say that it was a very constructive meeting", stated Cavusoglu.

Under the sanctions to be imposed by the Treasury Department, any property, or interest in property, belonging to Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul or Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu within USA jurisdiction would be blocked.

He was recently released from prison and put under house arrest but still faces a sentence of up to 35 years if he is convicted at his ongoing trial. Americans would generally be prohibited from doing business with them. Ankara blames Gulen for the coup attempt, while the cleric denies involvement.