Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks came after US President Donald Trump said Turkey "has not proven to be a good friend" during a Cabinet meeting Thursday.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says that the US does not know who its real friends are.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says that the US does not know who its real friends are. (AA)

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday reiterated his criticism of US's current political stance against Turkey.

"The US does not know, it cannot see who its true friend is,” Cavusoglu told reporters during his closing speech at the 10th Ambassadors' Conference in the capital Ankara.

"We will never be happy with having issues with the US We can easily solve problems with the US but not with its current mindset," he said.

Cavusoglu’s remarks came after US President Donald Trump said Turkey "has not proven to be a good friend" during a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

"Turkey has not done any wrong to the US, not even once. When anyone faces any charges, regardless of the person’s citizenship, that person will have to go through the judicial process," he said.

No cowboy film

"We are not making a cowboy film. We are two great countries that need have good relations but we will learn to respect each other," Cavusoglu added.

On August 1 relations between Ankara and Washington nosedived when the US imposed sanctions on two Turkish Cabinet ministers after Turkey refused to release pastor Andrew Brunson who faces terrorism-related charges in Turkey.

Tweeting on Thursday, Trump said: "Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years" and he criticised Turkey for "holding our wonderful Christian Pastor."

He added, "We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!"

TRT World's Leone Lakhani has more from Washington DC.

The Trump administration has said Turkey could face additional sanctions if he isn't quickly released.

At the same cabinet meeting in Washington, which was attended by the media, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested the next spiral of tit-for-tat sanctions was coming soon.

"We have put sanctions on several of their cabinet members," Mnuchin told President Donald Trump. 

"We have more that we are planning to do if they don't release him quickly."

Last week, Trump ramped up his attack on Ankara by doubling tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

In response, Turkey raised tariffs on several US-made goods, including alcohol and tobacco products and vehicles.

Cavusoglu also said that he will attend the informal meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs, also known as Gymnich, on August 30 in Vienna.

He added Turkey wants to develop relations with the EU, and that the country is "a part of the family".

Source: TRTWorld and agencies