Trump renews criticism of Turkey over United States pastor

18 Agosto, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Arnold Perez
  • Trump renews criticism of Turkey over United States pastor

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been at loggerheads for months over a host of diplomatic issues, namely Turkey's refusal to release an American pastor and differences over their handling of the Syrian conflict.

President Donald Trump last week ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling US tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports.

"We have responded to (US sanctions) in accordance to World Trade Organisation rules and will continue to do so", Ms Pekcan told reporters on Friday.

In the currency market, the lira bounced back to 5.815 per dollar, up nearly 25 percent from its record low of 7.2400 hit early on Monday, despite threats of more sanctions from Washington.

While Evangelists in the United States consider Trump's efforts to release Brunson as support for religious freedom, the article argued Trump was trying to use this issue to secure success during the November 7 midterm elections. "We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!" He was recently moved from prison to house arrest. A senior United States official told CNN that in exchange for Turkey's release of Brunson, Israel agreed to release Ebru Ozkan, a 27-year-old Turkish woman held in Israel on suspicion of aiding Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza.

"He highlighted that the country has a strong track record of crisis management and that the key has been sound fiscal policy and it will be this time also", said Richard Segal, a strategist at Manulife Asset Management.

"As we are a country where patriotic sentiments are high, no matter how much the dollar increases, we will get over this", he told AFP.

Turkey, in turn, criticized the prosecution in the US of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a top official at Turkey's state-controlled Halkbank who was convicted of helping Iran avoid USA sanctions.

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He has denied the charges, and his case has been taken up by US President Donald Trump, who counts evangelical Christians among his core supporters.

Economists gave Albayrak's presentation a qualified welcome and the lira initially found some support, helped by Qatar's pledge to invest $15 billion in Turkey.

But he suggested Turkish "policymakers only really seem to have done the minimum needed". The diplomatic spat is also taking a toll on Turkey's currency, the lira.

Turkey's central bank meets next on September 13.

Analysts say a sharp hike in interest rates is needed to stop the declining value of lira, but Ankara is opposed to any rate hike which would likely undercut growth.

Chinese mainland shares fell for a fifth straight day, slipping about 1.4% as a vaccine scandal clobbered healthcare shares.

"They should have given him back a long time ago, and Turkey has in my opinion acted very, very badly", he added.

There have notably been unexpected moves in key legal cases that have been bones of contention with the European Union, although Ankara always insists its judiciary operates independently of politics. "The serial number of the bill allegedly represented Golge's place in the hierarchy of the Gulen organization", the committee said in an August 6 letter urging U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to campaign for 36-year-old Golge's release.

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