U.S. prepared to add sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released

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Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, had issued a blunt warning to Turkish ambassador Serdar Kilic when he met him on Monday at the White House, an administration official said on Thursday.

Ankara has accused Brunson of being linked to the Gulen movement, which it says was responsible for the failed coup attempt in 2016.

"We have put sanctions on several of their cabinet members", Mnuchin told President Donald Trump in a cabinet meeting attended by the press. "He's not a spy".

Last month, at Brunson's third court hearing in almost two years, United States officials thought they had brokered a deal to free him by pressuring Israel to release a Turkish citizen imprisoned there.

President Donald Trump said the U.S. was not going "to take it sitting down".

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, said last Saturday: "I call out to those in the United States".

USA stocks suffered their worst day in seven weeks after the move, and the lira gained 7 percent against the dollar.

Mr Trump said: "They want to hold our wonderful pastor".

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The Turkish currency began to recover after authorities this week took steps to help bank liquidity and limit swap transactions.

Turkey has sought to persuade the United States to spare Turkey's state-owned Halkbank from a threatened fine for allegedly helping Iran evade US sanctions.

Turkey has proven a key ally for Qatar over the past year, helping the tiny Gulf nation ride out a more than 14-month blockade by its powerful neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, with which it shares its only land border. He later tweeted that the clergyman was a "great patriot" being held "hostage".

Erdogan has rejected Washington's demands to release him, while announcing new tariffs on US imports.

Turkey owes $467 billion to investors and it will be hard for the country to pay that debt, Napier said.

Qatar has promised to make a Dollars 15 billion direct investment in Turkey, badly hit by a currency crisis amid a widening diplomatic standoff with the United States, officials said. "Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!"

Trump, who doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, said the steel tariffs have kicked in the aluminum tariffs will take effect soon.

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

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