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.
“Some are threatening us with economy, sanctions, exchange rates, interests and inflation. We see your game and we challenge it," referring to US, Erdogan said at the Justice and Development (AK) Party's congress in the capital Ankara.
Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal is heading a nine-person delegation to the US, where talks are believed to have focused on US pastor Andrew Brunson, who is under house arrest in Turkey, and the US sanctions on Turkish ministers.
A spokesman for the family said pastor Hyeon Soo Lim is "not in critical condition."
Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim will return to Canada on Thursday and will be hospitalised on arrival. The pastor was accused of attempting to overthrow the regime in 2015.
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