Reuters: Relations between Turkey and U.S. under threat as long as pastor in jail17 April 2018 | 00:15 | FOCUS News Agency
A Turkish court on Monday began hearing allegations against Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, on charges of links to the group that orchestrated a 2016 failed coup in Turkey. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, has denied the charges.
“The United States cares deeply about our relationship with Turkey,” Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, told reporters during a recess at the trial.
“That relationship is going to have difficulty moving forward as long as Andrew Brunson is incarcerated.”
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