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U.S. unsatisfied with Brunson progress

U.S. unsatisfied with Brunson progress

The United States has seen little satisfactory progress on the case of U.S. citizens, including pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned in Turkey, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
“If we had reached any kind of agreement you would see Pastor Brunson back here at home along with the other American citizens,” said Nauert, referring to the U.S. pastor whose imprisonment in Turkey since Oct. 2016 on terror charges sparked the latest crisis between the NATO allies and led to U.S. sanctions on two Turkish ministers.
Nauert’s restrained responses to questions on the progress of talks with Turkey contradicted claims spread on Turkish media earlier on Tuesday that an agreement, or any other concrete progress on the matter had been made.
“The kind of progress that we want is for Pastor Brunson, our locally employed staff and our other Americans to be brought home. That’s the real progress that we’re looking for and obviously we’re not there yet,” said Nauert.
In fact, the only development on the issue the State Department spokesperson was willing to discuss was a phone call on Monday between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
A Turkish delegation headed to Washington D.C. on Tuesday to discuss a solution for the diplomatic row, after the Turkish lira hit record lows of 5.42 to the dollar on Monday.