FM Çavuşoğlu, U.S. counterpart Pompeo talk on phone after Brunson ruling

Oct 13, 2018, 00:41
FM Çavuşoğlu, U.S. counterpart Pompeo talk on phone after Brunson ruling

He was officially sentenced to three years and one month in prison, but was released because he had already served two years in detention.

William Devlin, an evangelical pastor from NY spoke to reporters outside the prison, saying hundreds of thousands of Christians are praying for Brunson's release.

"We're grateful to the President, members of Congress and diplomatic leaders who continued to put pressure on Turkey to secure the freedom of Pastor Brunson".

"I am and innocent man".

"I'm pleased, I'm not going to celebrate until he gets home", Graham, R-S.C., said in a tweet. Turkey responded with its own counter-measures.

Turkey and the USA have faced rocky relations following Washington's imposition of sanctions over Brunson's detention.

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Gulen, who is a lawful permanent resident of the USA living in Pennsylvania, has denied that allegation. The U.S. has not appointed an ambassador to Turkey, making Hovenier the highest ranking diplomat in the country.

Meanwhile, the parents of the rejoiced on Friday on learning that a court ordered their son to be released.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has resisted USA demands for Brunson's release, insisting that the courts are independent. But at the hearing, Yilmaz Demircan, the alleged source of this information, denied ever saying so. The U.S. military planned to fly him home on a military aircraft, officials told Reuters. In court on Friday, the prosecution is expected to introduce two new secret witnesses, but Brunson's lawyer Cem Halavurt said their testimonies were not germane to the case. While other Kurdish groups have proven to be invaluable allies to the U.S.in its fight against the Islamic State, the USA has designated the PKK as a terror group for its violent tactics. The new witnesses did not confirm Kalkan's accusations.

Volkan Surer, who Kalkan had claimed told him at least one church member was "trained in bomb-making by the PKK", told the court in fact that he had never said this.

During his speech in an event in NY on 24 September, he said: "We will take steps, which are similar to the operations of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch, in the east of Euphrates in the forthcoming period".

"Whatever Erdogan says, there is a response", he said. The news agency says Brunson was also charged with spying for Kurdish militants.

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President Trump cheered the decision on Twitter.

USA president Donald Trump said in a tweet on the heels of the news regarding the pastor release, that his thoughts and prayers are with pastor Brunson, hoping "to have him safely back home soon!" "This is the day our family has been praying for - I am delighted to be on my way home to the United States".

Brunson hugged his wife and shed tears of joy as he left the courtroom flanked by an American delegation.

The issue had also been repeatedly highlighted by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who serve as important links between Trump and his evangelical Christian base.

The parents of a USA pastor facing terrorism charges in Turkey rejoiced on Friday as they learned after an all-night prayer vigil that a court ordered the release of their son.

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