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Freed US pastor Brunson flies out of Turkey, to meet Trump

AFP  |  Izmir 

American pastor Andrew Brunson, freed by a after two years in detention, has flown out of and is set to be received by at the

Brunson, whose detention caused a crisis in ties with Washington, flew out of in the Aegean city of on an American military plane bound for the US Ramstein airbase in on Friday, his told AFP, adding he would then continue to the

Trump, who had applied intense pressure on to release the pastor, said he would receive shortly after he arrives in the

"Good news, Pastor is in the air," Trump told reporters as he arrived in for election campaigning. "He is coming to the Oval Office, most likely on Saturday."

The imposed tariffs on and sanctioned two senior ministers to free Brunson, whose case has became a cause celebre for the president's conservative Christian base.

Trump denied a report by that he had agreed to ease pressure on Turkey in return for Brunson's release.

"We spoke to Turkey and went through a system," Trump said. "There was no deal at all. There was no deal." Media were not allowed to accompany into the airport lounge but saw him arriving earlier at the airport arm-in-arm with his wife Norine, waving at reporters while surrounded by security.

State-run agency confirmed Brunson had taken off, saying he was expected to stop in before heading home.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 05:50 IST