U.S. to impose more sanctions on Turkey if pastor is not freed

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned on Thursday that Washington would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if Ankara does not soon release a jailed American pastor.

Mr. Mnuchin on Thursday suggested that the next spiral of tit-for-tat sanctions was coming soon.

“We have put sanctions on several of their Cabinet members,” Mr. Mnuchin told President Donald Trump in a Cabinet meeting attended by the press.

“We have more that we are planning to do if they don’t release him quickly.”

‘Not a good friend’

Mr. Trump prefaced Mr. Mnuchin’s remarks by saying that Turkey had not been a very good friend to America.

Referring to imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson, Mr. Trump said “they have a great Christian pastor there, he’s a very innocent man”.

The threat comes as Turkey sought on Thursday to reassure investors rattled by the sanctions-fuelled crash of the Turkish lira, insisting that the country would emerge stronger.

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