In this July 25, 2018 photo, Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson, who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

Turkey: Officials say envoys to go to US for talks on pastor

August 07, 2018 - 10:24 am

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say a government delegation will travel to the United States for talks aimed at ending a rift between the NATO allies over the detention of an American pastor.

The United States last week imposed sanctions on two Turkish Cabinet ministers over the treatment of Andrew Brunson, the pastor of an evangelical church in Turkey who is on trial on espionage and terror-related charges.

The dispute caused the Turkish currency to dip to record lows.

The Turkish lira plunged to 5.42 against the dollar Monday before making minor gains on Tuesday.

A government official says the delegation will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal. The official provided the information on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.

Unconfirmed Turkish media reports say Ankara and Washington had reached "pre-agreements" on mending ties.

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