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Even if pastor Brunson returns home some way or another the heavy damage inflicted on Turkish-American relations will not be mended for a long time to come.

Turkey says the case is a matter for the courts.

"We have stood together and will continue to do so", he said, making clear the high-level meeting was meant to communicate unequivocal support for Turkey at a critical juncture.

Ankara accuses Mr Brunson - who operates a tiny evangelical church in Izmir - of having links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and the Gulenist movement, which Turkey blames for a failed coup two years ago. He went on Twitter to describe the priest as a "great patriot" taken "hostage" by Turkey.

Instead of criticizing such a remark, which implies a swap through superseding court rulings, the White House asks Erdoğan to overrule the courts and get Brunson out, while doing nothing against a crime suspect with an arrest warrant, despite the 1981 legal agreement between them.

U.S. Treasury chief Steve Mnuchin earlier said the U.S. could put more sanctions on Turkey.

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

Three big companies operating in Dogubank, a trade center specialized in the sales of electronic products in central Istanbul, suspended 50 million USA dollars' worth of iPhone orders, the Turkish daily said.

After hitting a record low of 7.24 this week, the lira has benefited from central bank steps to underpin a currency hit by concerns at President Tayyip Erdogan's influence over monetary policy and a bitter dispute with Washington.

Mr Erdogan wrote in the New York Times earlier that unless the United States changed course, Turkey would look for new friends and allies.

The lira's collapse has plunged the entirety of the emerging market space into chaos, with contagion causing the likes of the South African rand, the Argentine peso, and the Indonesian rupiah, to slump in response. The lira's sharp decline has sparked fears in the worldwide community of a Turkish economic crisis.

The lira rebounded some 8 per cent on Tuesday, helped by news of a planned conference call on Thursday in which the finance minister will seek to reassure global investors. Trump added the pastor is a "very innocent man" and "we got somebody out for him - he needed help getting somebody out of some place".


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