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US Rejects Turkey's Offer to Release Pastor

US Rejects Turkey's Offer to Release Pastor

President Donald Trump's administration has rejected Turkey's offer to condition the release of an American pastor on clearing a top Turkish bank of billions of dollars in U.S. fines, media reported Monday.

Several hours later, Turkey lodged a complaint with the WTO against additional U.S. duties on steel and aluminium.

He said that Turkey had the power and ability to overcome the crisis.

Despite such risks, the German economy remains buoyant, supported by state spending, private consumption, low interest rates, a robust labour market and rising real wages, the ministry said in the report.

"A real North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally wouldn't have arrested Brunson in the first place", the source told the Journal.




Former Culture and Tourism minister Numan Kurtulmus was assigned as acting chairman while Omer Celik, former minister of Turkey's EU Affairs, is now AK Party's new spokesman.

The lira has nosedived against the dollar, dropping as much as 20 percent on one day last week.

The currency crash occurred in the wake of tensions with the United States following Turkey's detention of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, which has cast doubts over the future of Ankara's partnership with Washington.

The Turkish lira has lost about 30 percent of its value against the USA dollar since the beginning of August.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called bluff on the Trump administration for threatening his country with sanctions.


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