Jul 28 2018

Pompeo speaks with Çavuşoğlu second time, as Erdogan keeps quiet

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had two phone calls in the last two days to discuss the case of Pastor Andrew Brunson.

“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss the case of Pastor Andrew Brunson. The Secretary and Foreign Minister committed to continued discussions to resolve the matter and address other issues of common concern,” said the U.S. State Department in a readout. 

Pompeo-Çavuşoğlu readout

According to the State Department Pompeo told Çavuşoğlu in his first call that it was well past time for Pastor Andrew Brunson to come home.

Pompeo-Çavuşoğlu readot

The relations between United States and Turkey has strained since Thursday, after the U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States would impose sanctions on Turkey if Pastor Brunson’s detention continued.

Despite the U.S. authorities repeated calls for his release, Brunson was moved to house arrest on Wednesday, after two years in prison facing charges of supporting both a banned Islamist group and left-wing Kurdish armed rebels.

So far, hot tempered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has resisted responding President Donald Trump's threat to impose 'large sanctions' on Turkey.