Steps taken by the United States about pastor Andrew Brunson were not suitable for a strategic partner and were disrespectful to Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Washington this week imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the case of Andrew Brunson, a US pastor on trial in Turkey accused of backing terrorism.

Speaking to the womens wing of his AK Party, Erdogan said he gave orders for assets in Turkey belonging to the US interior and justice ministers to be frozen “if they have any”. FULL STORY

On Wednesday, the US Treasury Department on hit Turkeys justice and interior ministers with sanctions over the case of an American pastor being tried on terror charges.

“We believe hes a victim of unfair and unjust attention by the government of Turkey,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told journalists, referring to Andrew Brunson, an American pastor at the center of a bitter diplomatic spat between NATO allies.

Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, was placed under house arrest last week after nearly two years in jail. READ MORE

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Last Update: Saturday, 4 August 2018 KSA 16:19 – GMT 13:19

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