Turkey will respond if United States imposes more sanctions: minister

Turkey ramps up US spat with huge tariffs on cars and other goods

Turkey ramps up US spat with huge tariffs on cars and other goods

He has denied the charges, and his case has been taken up by US President Donald Trump, who counts evangelical Christians among his core supporters.

In a post on his Twitter page, Gargash referred to a recent visit to Ankara by the Qatari emir and his pledge to help Turkey overcome an ongoing currency crisis and described it as an attempt to "buy sovereignty".

The lira, which has lost some 40 percent of its value this year, weakened beyond 6.21 against the U.S. dollar after the news, from 6.04 beforehand.

In recent weeks, the U.S. has sanctioned a pair of Turkish cabinet members, and dramatically increased tariffs against the nation, fueling anger among Turkish leaders and creating economic uncertainty across the region. "Working with you, we have more that we're planning to do if they don't release him quickly", Mnuchin told the president.

"They have not proven to be a good friend", Trump said of Turkey during the Cabinet meeting.

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The Turkish court in Izmir upheld a lower-court decision that rejected lifting Brunson's house arrest, according to the state-run Anadolu agency.

Qatar defied US President Donald Trump on Wednesday and promised to plough $15 billion into Turkish financial markets and banks. The Treasury Department earlier this month levied sanctions on two senior Turkish officials in retaliation for Brunson's continued detention.

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on two Turkish government ministers and double tariffs on Turkish metal imports.

Kristina Arriaga, vice chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, recently returned from Turkey.

Speaking as he left the White House on Friday, Trump told reporters on the South Lawn: "They have a wonderful Christian pastor".

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He added that Qatar is investing and not injecting cash, while Turkey's problem remains the high level of debts and Erdogan's interference in monetary policies which is under the central bank jurisdiction, in addition to his refusal to raise interest rates. Sheikh Tamim was the first foreign leader to call Erdogan after the aborted coup in Turkey in 2016, and Turkey - along with Iran - is one of the few countries to support Qatar against the boycott by the Saudi-led Anti-Terror Quartet over Doha's financing of terrorism.

"Diplomatic negotiations hit speedbumps and that's not unusual in these kinds of situations", said Jay Sekulow, a personal attorney for Trump who is also representing Brunson's family.

"We have more that we're planning to do if they don't release him quickly", Mnuchin said when asked by President Trump at a Cabinet meeting for an update on USA sanctions on Turkish officials.

If he's not released, Pastor Brunson's next hearing is scheduled for October 12.

If convicted, the American pastor faces up to 35 years in jail.

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