Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Secretary of State Pompeo Meets with Turkey's Foreign Minister in Singapore

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

His comments came two days after the US imposed sanctions on Turkey's Justice and Interior ministers over the detention of terror-linked USA pastor Andrew Brunson.

"We are facing an economic war, but we will win it", Erdogan said, adding Turkey is issuing Chinese Yuan denominated bonds for the first time, and to overcome difficulties due to credit rating reports, Turkey is turning towards China for external borrowing. "They agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries", she said.

"I hope they'll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we're very serious", Pompeo said in Singapore of the sanctions. Pretty straightforward. They've been holding these folks for a long time.

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

"We are going to work to see if we can find a way forward; I am hopeful that we can", he said. "These are innocent people", he said.

The FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of 2016, which left at least 250 people dead and almost 2,600 wounded.




Brunson was accused of helping supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the us -based cleric who Turkish authorities say masterminded the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan in which 250 people were killed.

The pastor, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, faces as many as 35 years in jail if found guilty. He was also charged with supporting outlawed Kurdish PKK militants.

The sanctions have led to a sell-off in the Turkish currency, reflecting deepening investor concern over the worsening relations with a major trading partner. The sell-off also hammered Turkish stocks and debt risk profile.

He was held in a Turkish prison for 21 months until he was transferred to house arrest last week.

He is scheduled to appear before a court in October for his third hearing after the court rejected an appeal for his release in a July 18 hearing.

Top U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, have said there is no evidence against Brunson and demanded his release.

Erdogan said within the scope of the action plan, the environmental impact assessment and survey project works of Canal Istanbul will be submitted for approval.

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