Pompeo: Free detained Americans
WASHINGTON: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Turkey to quickly release other Americans in detention after it freed a pastor at the centre of a crisis in relations.
“Pastor (Andrew) Brunson is finally coming home to America, following a long ordeal for the pastor and his family.
“We hope that the Turkish government will quickly release our other detained US citizens and State Department locally employed staff,” Pompeo tweeted.
“The world should know that (President Donald Trump) and the State Department continue to work hard to bring home all American hostages and those wrongfully imprisoned and detained,” he tweeted.
The US had imposed tariffs and sanctioned senior government officials to pressure Turkey on Brunson, whose two-year detention had particularly outraged Trump’s conservative Christian base.