Pres. Trump: We Won't Pay For Pastor's Release Because He's Innocent

Turkish President Erdogan meets with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani in Ankara

A Turkish court has rejected an appeal to release Andrew Brunson, a U.S. pastor at the centre of a dispute between Ankara and Washington.

The lira lost approximately 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, but has bounced back strongly since the beginning of the week, with gains of around nine percent.

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Investors said Albayrak's conference call would test whether Turkey can persuade markets that its monetary policy is not hostage to political influence.

Also worrying investors has been President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's refusal to allow the central bank to raise interest rates to support the currency, as experts say it should.

"We have more that we're planning to do if they don't release him quickly", Mnuchin said during a White House cabinet meeting on Thursday, according to pool reporters.

Turks expected Trump to create an obstruction to this conspiracy, yet we see he too has joined it.

In this file photograph taken on 25 July 2018, USA pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is escorted by Turkish plain clothes police officers to his house in Izmir.

The White House might have a point if they accept Erdoğan's former remark, in an offer of exchange to "Give the priest, take the priest".

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A senior USA 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.

Brunson is being held on terrorism charges, which he denies.

"They can't take our people", the president said, calling Brunson a "wonderful Christian pastor".

It was not immediately clear what additional measures, if any, Trump could be considering.

"We have put sanctions on several of their cabinet members", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told President Trump in a cabinet meeting attended by the press on Thursday.

The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are at an impasse regarding the detention of an American pastor, differing views on Syria, and Turkey's purchase of Russian military equipment. The lira's sharp decline has sparked fears in the global community of a Turkish economic crisis.

Another steep decline in the Turkish lira on Friday pushed emerging market equities lower and kept other world markets cautious, overshadowing hopes that an upcoming U.S.

In mid-afternoon trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 148.97 points, or 0.58 percent, to 25,707.7, the S&P 500 gained 11.67 points, or 0.41 percent, to 2,852.36 and the Nasdaq Composite added 12.96 points, or 0.17 percent, to 7,819.48.

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