Newshour, US hits Turkey with sanctions over jailed pastor

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Also Turkish Foreign Minister said he told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that threats and sanctions will not work, after Washington targeted Turkish ministers over the detention of an American pastor.

Before his move home last week, Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, had spent almost two years in jail.

Speaking to Turkish journalists after the meeting, Cavusoglu also described the discussion with Pompeo as "constructive", but added: "Nothing can be achieved through threatening language and sanctions".

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The case is now at the centre of a bitter row between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Ankara and Washington after the U.S. on Wednesday imposed sanctions on the Turkish justice and interior ministers claiming they played a major role in the arrest and detention of the pastor.

After reports that the United States would sanction individuals over the case, the lira hit a record low of 5.01 against the dollar, before rallying slightly to 4.9. "But we have agreed to work together, closely cooperate and keep the dialogue in the coming period".

Following the meeting, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that Pompeo "had a constructive conversation" with Cavusoglu and they " agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries".

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"Brunson needs to come home, as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government", Pompeo told reporters before the meeting.

Pompeo met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on the sidelines of a Southeast Asian security conference in Singapore.

"They've been holding these folks for a long time".

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On the sanctions, he said: "I hope they'll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we're very serious". "These are innocent people".

The sanctions targeting Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu freeze any property or assets on U.S. soil held by the two ministers, and bar USA citizens from doing business with them.

Turkey has said the sanctions were unacceptable.

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Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for two decades, was swept up in a string of arrests in the wake of a failed military coup against Mr. Erdogan in 2016.

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