The US sees the Idlib tensions as an opportunity to better relations with Turkey, but it won't move past rhetoric.
Evangelical pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, who was arrested by Turkish authorities in 2016 on charges of espionage and links with terror groups, released by Turkish court.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the court, not politicians, will decide the fate of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson who faces terrorism charges.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton also said that he thinks the Qatari pledge of support for the Turkish economy will be "utterly insufficient," and Turkey should do the right thing as a NATO ally.
The US president claims he had agreed with his Turkish counterpart on the release of an American pastor held in Turkey for terror-related crimes in exchange for his help with securing the release of a Turkish citizen imprisoned in Israel.
The Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister, Berat Albayrak, says resolving the issue of US sanctions targeting officials in Ankara through dialogue and diplomacy with Washington is Turkey's priority.
Turkish foreign ministry issues statement of protest as tensions between Ankara and Washington escalate over the arrest of Andrew Craig Brunson, who is being tried by Turkey on espionage and terror-related charges.
The trial of the pastor accused of espionage and conducting activities on behalf of terror organisations continues in Turkey, causing frayed ties between Washington and Ankara even as they continue discussions.
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