US, Turkish Diplomats Meet to Discuss Detained Pastor Brunson

© REUTERS / Demiroren News Agency, DHAU.S. pastor Andrew Brunson reacts as he arrives at his home after being released from the prison in Izmir, Turkey July 25, 2018
U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson reacts as he arrives at his home after being released from the prison in Izmir, Turkey July 25, 2018 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan met with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal to discuss bilateral issues including Pastor Andrew Brunson, the State Department said in a press release on Wednesday.

"The two discussed a range of bilateral matters including Pastor Brunson," the release said.

U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson reacts as he arrives at his home after being released from the prison in Izmir, Turkey July 25, 2018 - Sputnik International
Turkey Unlikely to Cave in to US Pressure Over Arrested Pastor - Researcher
The US government recently imposed sanctions on Turkish ministers for not releasing the pastor who was jailed by Ankara for allegedly having a role in the 2016 military coup.

Previous month, Andrew Brunson was released from a Turkish prison and placed under house arrest.

READ MORE: Turkey Using Arrested US Pastor as 'Bargaining Chip' With Washington — Scholar

Previous week, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed hope that the pastor detention would be resolved "in the coming days." He also said that the United States had every intention of working cooperatively with Turkey.

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