Corker lauds pas­tor’s re­lease

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGION - STAFF RE­PORTS

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on For­eign Re­la­tions, on Fri­day cel­e­brated the re­lease of Amer­i­can pas­tor An­drew Brun­son from two years of de­ten­tion in Tur­key.

Ear­lier this year, Corker’s com­mit­tee ap­proved leg­is­la­tion that would re­strict loans from in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to Tur­key un­til its gov­ern­ment ends the un­just de­ten­tion of U.S. cit­i­zens. Corker also raised Brun­son’s case with se­nior Turk­ish lead­ers and of­fi­cials in the Obama and Trump ad­min­is­tra­tions, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

“This has been a long and painful or­deal for Pas­tor Brun­son and his fam­ily, and we are re­lieved that they will fi­nally be re­united af­ter this long pe­riod of his un­just im­pris­on­ment,” Corker said in the re­lease.

“Pas­tor Brun­son’s re­lease rep­re­sents an im­por­tant step to­wards mend­ing U.S.-Turk­ish re­la­tions. Go­ing for­ward, we should use this as an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress our real dif­fer­ences with Tur­key and must con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for other U.S. cit­i­zens, em­bassy staff and the Turk­ish peo­ple, who are be­ing sub­jected to abuses by Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties.”

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