Detained U.S. pastor 'needs to come home,' Pompeo warns Turkey

Turkey threatens to retaliate over US sanctions in escalating dispute between Nato allies

The sanctions targeting Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu freeze any property or assets on U.S. soil held by the two ministers, and bar U.S. citizens from doing business with them.

Speaking to Turkish journalists after his meeting with Pompeo, Cavusoglu also described their discussion as "extremely constructive" and said the two would continue to work toward resolving disputes.

"We have said since the beginning that threatening language and sanctions will not get any result", he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met on the sidelines of a regional security forum in Singapore, their first meeting since the crisis began.

"Brunson needs to come home, as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government", Pompeo told reporters ahead of the summit.

Hours before the sanctions were announced, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of showing an "evangelist, Zionist mentality".

The NATO allies are also at odds over the Syrian war, Turkey's plan to buy missile defences from Russian Federation and the US conviction of a Turkish state bank executive on Iran sanctions-busting charges this year. But he said threats would not work.

"Since the beginning we said that a solution can not be reached by using threatening language and sanctions", the minister added.

Brunson, 50, is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges, which he and the US government vehemently deny.

Pastor Andrew Brunson was held in prison for almost two years before he was moved to house arrest last week, disappointing American officials who expected his release.

Pompeo discussed the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in custody in Turkey since 2016 on terror charges.

The evangelical preacher, who had led a small congregation in the western Turkish city of Izmir for more than 20 years, was detained in October 2016.

Last week, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey if Brunson was not immediately released.

The former prime minister's position echoes that of the Turkish government.

Brunson was accused of helping supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the US -based cleric who Turkish authorities say masterminded the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan in which 250 people were killed.

The senior United States general in Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, was on Thursday holding talks with Turkish military officials in Ankara but there was no indication the Brunson case would be raised.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, has denied any role in the 2016 coup attempt.

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