Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Turkey's Erdogan refuses to release American pastor

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Leonard Rios | 04 October, 2018, 17:07

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He was detained in the aftermath of a failed 2016 coup for allegedly supporting outlawed Kurdish rebels and the network led by US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Since March 14, the German government has only issued 16 export permits to Turkey worth 916,902 euros (1.06 million US dollars), according to a parliamentary reply from the Economy Ministry to an opposition question.

Speaking at the opening of parliament, Erdogan said Turkey also aimed to clear Iraq's Sinjar and Qandil regions of Kurdish militants.

Brunson's case has become the most divisive issue between the two countries.

Erdogan, seeking global allies as he spars with US President Donald Trump and a struggling lira, likewise struck a conciliatory tone. The pastor, who rejects the charges, had been jailed until he was released to home detention on July 25 for health reasons.

Turkish Parliament will usher in the second legislative session.

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He thanked the airline crew and local people who went to the rescue passengers, for their quick response in the evacuation. He said the initial concern for the Government and the airline was the safety and well being of passengers.

"We can say that we started to make progress towards reaching a common understanding (with the United States), although it is not at the desired level", he said.

Brunson, who ran a small evangelical Protestant church in Izmir and has lived in Turkey since 1993, is at the centre of tensions between Ankara and Washington.

Tensions eased somewhat after several high-profile German-Turkish nationals were released this year, but five remain behind bars. It had already weakened over concerns at the extent of Erdogan's control of the economy and opposition to raising interest rates to combat double-digit inflation.

"We are leaving painful terms in the recent past with Germany behind", Erdogan said.

The lira improved to 5.95 against the dollar after his speech - its strongest valuation in more than six weeks.

The rhetoric escalated to the point where Erdogan called Germany's mainstream parties "enemies of Turkey" and accused German officials of acting like Nazis, prompting Merkel to condemn his comments.

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