Turkey's Cavusoglu tells US' Pompeo threats and sanctions won't work

Andrew Brunson was accused of being involved in the failed coup attempt

This comes after the US slapped sanctions on Turkish government officials earlier this week for their role in his capture.

"We have said from the start that the other side's threatening language and sanctions will not get any result".

Ahead of the meeting, Pompeo said Brunson's case would be high on his list of items to discuss with his Turkish counterpart.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met on the sidelines of a regional security forum in Singapore, their first meeting since the crisis began.

Before the meeting, Pompeo told reporters that he hoped Turkey would see that the sanctions were "a demonstration that we're very serious".

The administration is also seeking the release of several detained local employees of the US diplomatic missions in the Turkey. Turkey has said the sanctions are unacceptable.

US President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence had threatened Turkey with "large sanctions" last week if Brunson was not immediately released. The Turks have also vowed to retaliate for the sanctions "without delay".

"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", Nauert said.

Brunson, a North Carolina pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, is accused of helping the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization in a failed military coup in 2016 and the PKK organization, a group related to the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

On Wednesday, Washington moved to block the assets of Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu in the U.S. and prohibit American citizens from "engaging in transactions with them".

Brunson, who was put under house arrest last month, faces a prison sentence of up to 35 years if convicted. Americans would generally be prohibited from doing business with them.

The Turkish lira on Wednesday slumped to record lows of 5.0 against the dollar as the U.S. hit Turkey's justice and interior ministers with sanctions over the case of an American pastor on trial for terror-related charges. Gulen denies the claim.



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