Turkey's Cavusoglu tells US' Pompeo threats and sanctions won't work

US pastor Andrew Brunson was moved to house arrest in Turkey last week following nearly two years in jail on terror-related charges

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told journalists both ministers had "played leading roles in the arrest and detention of Pastor Brunson", who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir.

Meanwhile, Pompeo noted that Brunson's detainment was just one of many issues the USA has with Turkey - for instance, Turkey's ongoing detention of three Turkish employees of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said he told his U.S. counterpart Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that threats and sanctions would not work after Washington targeted Turkish ministers over the detention of an American pastor. Their talks came after Washington imposed sanctions on two of Turkey's ministers over the trial of a United States pastor Andrew Craig Brunson accused of backing terrorism.

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

Cavusoglu told Turkish press that the meeting was "constructive", but also spoke out against the sanctions.

"Brunson needs to come home as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government", he added.

"Pretty straightforward", Pompeo said.

Turkey's foreign ministry previously said it would retaliate against Washington's decision, calling it a "hostile stance".

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

"I can say that it was a very constructive meeting", stated Cavusoglu.

"We are going to work to see if we can find a way forward", he emphasized.

The two NATO allies have been at loggerheads over Turkey's detention of a North Carolina-born Christian pastor on terror charges.

Brunson, 50, was arrested in 2016 on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and espionage.

The sanctions freeze any property or assets on U.S. soil held by the two ministers, and bar U.S. citizens from doing business with them.

Erdogan has denied speculation that there had been an agreement to swap Brunson for Turkish citizens being held overseas, particularly 27-year-old Ebru Ozkan.

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