Turkey tells United States to reverse its 'wrong decision' over sanctions

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The Turkish foreign ministry called on the USA to reverse its "wrong decision" on Thursday after Washington announced sanctions on Abdulhamit Gul, the minister of justice, and Suleyman Soylu, the minister of interior.

The case is now at the centre of a bitter row between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Ankara and Washington after the United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on the Turkish justice and interior ministers claiming they played a major role in the arrest and detention of the pastor.

"Further escalation in the standoff could prompt further capital outflows and have a negative impact on the confidence in the economy", said Jakob Christensen, head of emerging markets research at Danske Bank.

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After reports that the U.S. would sanction individuals over the case, the lira hit a record low of 5.01 against the dollar, before rallying slightly to 4.9.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss the issue on the sidelines of regional meetings in Singapore on Friday.

Top diplomats from Turkey and the United States agreed on Friday to work towards a solution to the diplomatic spat that has erupted over the arrest of a U.S. pastor, which has already resulted in Washington slapping sanctions on Ankara.

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He acknowledged "lots of challenges" with Turkey, but said Washington and Ankara had been able to work closely and well together.

Davutoğlu said the US decision is a risky move and "incompatible with the most simple diplomatic courtesy and mutual respect". "But without more visible steps to de-escalate, the medium- to longer-term path for the lira would be weakness again", said Inan Demir, senior emerging market economist at Nomura. Mr. Erdogan's government also alleges the Mr. Brunson has ties to a Turkish preacher now living in exile in the USA whom Ankara accuses of fomenting the coup. He was recently moved from prison to house arrest. The United States has also been seeking the release of three locally employed embassy staff detained in Turkey.

Last week, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey if Brunson was not immediately released. He was also charged with supporting outlawed Kurdish PKK militants.

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Turkey has been trying to have Gulen extradited from the United States for two years.

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