Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Turkey to freeze assets of 'US justice, interior ministers' says Erdogan

Turkey to freeze assets of 'US justice, interior ministers' says Erdogan

Those conflicts include the arrests of USA citizens as well as local consular staff, US senators pushing to block the delivery of American F-35 jets following Turkey's pledge to buy the Russian S-400 missile system, and Turkey's demand that Fethullah Gulen, a US -based cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt, be extradited to stand trial. He denies the charges but faces up to 35 years in jail.

Asked if the issue threatened Turkey's membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Pompeo said: "Turkey is a NATO partner with whom the United States has every intention to continue to work with cooperatively".

Brunson was in a Turkish prison for 21 months until he was transferred to house arrest last week. "But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period".

"The two countries have a strong, historical relationship". We are now at a better point than yesterday with the US.

Erdogan said Turkey will never step back from defence industry projects, saying 48 out of the 400 projects are related to the defence industry.

Erdogan called the sanctions a "serious disrespect towards Turkey" and accused the US of hypocrisy for demanding the release of evangelical pastor Andrew Craig Brunson while ally Turkey tries him over alleged links to terror groups.

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"Brunson needs to come home, as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government", Pompeo told the press prior to his side meeting with the foreign minister at a Southeast Asian security conference.

It is unclear who that would affect, due to differing Cabinet roles in the United States than in Turkey, or if the intended officials even have any holdings in Turkey.

"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. "These are innocent people", he said.

After reports that the USA would sanction individuals over the case, the lira hit a record low of 5.01 against the dollar, before rallying slightly to 4.9.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that Brunson was a "victim of unfair and unjust attention by the government of Turkey" as she announced sanctions.

Two Turkish employees of U.S. consulates in Turkey are also now in jail on terrorism charges, and another is under house arrest, while several Americans have been caught up in the crackdown that followed a failed 2016 coup.

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