Turkey refuses to release pastor despite threat of U.S. sanctions

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Brunson, who attended Wheaton College, has lived in Turkey for more than two decades as pastor of a small local church.

President Donald Trump last week ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling United States tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel imports.

A Turkish court on Friday rejected the appeal for release filed by American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is charged with links to terrorism.

The lira crisis therefore - at the very least - reflects the political and economic turmoil taking place in Turkey.

"We have stood together and will continue to do so", he said, making clear the high-level meeting was meant to communicate unequivocal support for Turkey at a critical juncture. Its leader lives in Pennsylvania and the US has rejected calls from Turkey to have him extradited.

Copper rose 1.54 percent to $5,890.50 a tonne, after having confirmed a bear market on Wednesday when it closed 20.9 percent below its recent high reached on June 7. Last month, the central bank increased its 2018 estimated inflation rate from 8.4% to 13.4%.

Though Turkey's financial troubles did not originate with the battle over Brunson's release, the moves have sped up the Turkish economy's decline.

"They should have given back a long time ago", Trump said. That makes its decreasing currency even more problematic because businesses will have to spend more in liras to pay back debts that were given in dollars or euros. Turkey, meanwhile, is frustrated by the refusal of the U.S.to extradite a Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkish authorities of engineering a 2016 coup attempt.

Trump's comments came after a court in Izmir province rejected an appeal to release Brunson from house arrest, saying evidence was still being collected and the pastor posed a flight risk, according to a copy of the court ruling seen by Reuters.

Washington has already placed a series of sanctions against Turkey, including last week's announcement of a doubling of tariffs on metal imports into the United States from Turkey.

Turkish diplomats are reportedly close to releasing an imprisoned American pastor who is at the center of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the US.

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Qatar has promised to make a Dollars 15 billion direct investment in Turkey, badly hit by a currency crisis amid a widening diplomatic standoff with the United States, officials said.

Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over twenty years and led a small church in the southwestern coastal town of Izmir, was jailed for almost two years following the failed 2016 coup. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Turkey's lira fell once again after the trade minister, Ruhsar Pekcan, said on Friday that her government would respond to any new trade duties, which Mr Trump threatened in his overnight tweet.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan tweeted: "On behalf of the Turkish people, I sincerely thank Sheikh Tamim and the Qatari people for standing by Turkey".

Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of worldwide investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles.

In retaliation, Turkey on Wednesday imposed tariffs on certain US goods.

However, it is not just Turkey that has something to lose in this crisis.

Why such tension between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies?

Hopes that China and the United States could ease trade tensions helped Chinese stocks pare losses.

"Both sides need to climb down from their blustery rhetoric".

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