US-Turkey agree to work on ebbing ties

US and Turkey have finally agreed to jointly find a resolution to a line of disputes which have arisen between US and Turkey. The recent dispute over the detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson over charges of backing terrorism, in Turkey has further pushed the relations to new lows. The decision was taken at a meeting in Singapore between US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after US administration had imposed sanctions on Turkey.

US State Department has confirmed the development and stated that both sides have agreed to continue their efforts for a resolution of the situation. Same sentiments were reflected on Turkish media networks which stated that the issues will be handled as both sides have come to a common platform to work together and cooperate with each other.

US had issued sanctions against two ministers in Turkish government viz. the Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and the Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul. Both were accused of being the heads of the organisations which were responsible for both the arrest and detention of Brunson. Andrew Brunson, has been residing in Turkey for over 20 years, is an evangelical Christian. The sanctions had hit the Turkish currency to record low. Turkey had also pledged to reciprocate with equal and befitting measures.

Mike Pompeo later in talks with media clarified that Turkey should realise that US is serious about the sanctions and Brunson along with other Americans who are being detained in Turkey should be allowed to return to US.

Andrew Brunson was accused of backing the group led by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, which organised a coup in Ankara in 2016 resulting in death of 250 people. Brunson has denied all charges and faces 35 years of jail.

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