US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington could lift sanctions imposed on Turkey during the dispute over its detention of a US pastor.
Pompey's statements took place Wednesday after talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara an unplanned trip linked to the probe in the disappearance and the alleged killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"We will have a decision shortly, but some of the sanctions that have been put in place have been directly related to Pastor Brunson and there is a logic to remove them now," Pompey told reporters as his plane did refueling in Brussels, Belgium.
In Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who also met Pompey on Wednesday, did not address the Brunson issue. directly related sanctions, but stated that such US measures were "meaningless".
"We agree that there should be no sanctions like this and other issues in our reports," he said. "As long as there are sanctions, relationships can not go anywhere."
The frayed ties
The administration of US President Donald Trump imposed sanctions against Turkish Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu in response to the arrest and trial of Turkey by US Pastor Andrew Brunson on charges of terror
In all, Brunson was detained for two years and condemned and sentenced at the start of this month of espionage and aid to terrorist groups, only to be quickly released on the basis of good behavior and time served.
|Cavusoglu (C) met with Pompey (R) in Ankara on Wednesday [Cem Ozdel/Anadolu]|
Trump greeted the exit, which was seen as an opening for Ankara and Washington to restore ties to the frayed.
The introduction of sanctions in August provoked a currency crisis in Turkey. The Turkish lira has fallen by around 35% this year, but there are some signs of recovery
. The release of Brunson helped push the lira to a maximum of two months. And after Pompey's observations on Wednesday, the currency was 5.55 against the US dollar, a gain of more than 2%.
Also, Wednesday, Brunson's lawyer said he had appealed to a Turkish court against his client's sentence.
The verdict was appealed because "it contravened the law and the procedures", a copy of the application shown by Reuters.
The prosecutor in the case also contested the verdict, citing the same reason, a copy of that
Both documents showed that detailed appeals will be prepared once received the court verdict in writing.