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The US imposed the sanctions on Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, arguing that both men played a major role in the arrest and detention of the pastor.

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

Washington and Ankara are also at odds over the Syrian war, Turkey's plan to buy missile defences from Russian Federation and the U.S. conviction of a Turkish state bank executive on Iran sanctions-busting charges this year. We turned to Ahmet Berat Çonkar, the head of Turkey's delegation to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

United States pastor Andrew Brunson has been accused by Turkey of having ties to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan blames for a failed coup in 2016.

Turkey's president said Saturday the country will freeze the assets of two United States officials in retaliation for sanctions against Turkey's justice and interior ministers over the detention of an American pastor, while attempting a conciliatory tone. He was recently moved from prison to house arrest.

"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.

"Of course you can't expect all issues to be resolved in a single meeting", he said. "They agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries", she said.

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"We reached agreement on resolving problems through close cooperation and dialogue", Cavusoglu told reporters, though he added that settling the dispute would take time. "These are innocent people".

"The Turks were on notice that the clock had run and it was time for Pastor Brunson to be returned and I hope they'll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we're very serious", Pompeo said.

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

The lira hit a record low of 5.0934 to the dollar, recovering to trade at 5.0605 by 1434 GMT. "We call on the USA administration to walk back from this wrong decision", it said in a statement on Wednesday. He was also charged with supporting outlawed PKK Kurdish militants.

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.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who shares Brunson's evangelical Christian faith, have made his release a priority. Gulen denies the allegations.


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