Corker lauds pastor’s release
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.”