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Turkey to freeze assets of USA officials

04 August 2018

Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey for almost two years, has been moved to house arrest; religion correspondent Lauren Green reports from the State Department.

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The pastor, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, is also accused of links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by both Ankara and Washington.

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

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey had been "patient" since the U.S. sanctions were slapped on Abdulhamit Gul, the minister of justice, and Suleyman Soylu, the minister of interior, this week.

"Even couples who are married for 40 years do not agree on every issue".

Turkey's president ordered the asset freeze of two United States officials in retaliation for sanctions imposed on its justice and interior ministers over the detention of an American pastor. "They argue then make up", Albayrak said, adding: "Relations will never break off".

Some analysts have argued Turkey is wary of allowing any further escalation in the crisis, which has already sent the lira to record lows in value against the dollar of above 5 for the first time.

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Turkey has been trying to have Gulen extradited from the United States for two years.

Mr. Brunson had denied all charges and his case has become a cause celebre for USA evangelicals and the Trump administration. 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.

The pastor, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, faces as many as 35 years in jail if found guilty.

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Turkey to freeze assets of USA officials