Pom­peo: Free de­tained Amer­i­cans

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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.

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