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Pompeo urges Turkey to release remaining detained Americans

AFP  |  Washington 

US has urged to quickly release other Americans in detention after it freed a pastor at the centre of a crisis in relations.

"Pastor (Andrew) Brunson is finally coming home to America, following a long ordeal for the pastor and his family. We hope that the will quickly release our other detained US citizens and State Department locally employed staff," tweeted Friday.

"The world should know that (Donald Trump) and the State Department continue to work hard to bring home all American hostages and those wrongfully imprisoned and detained," he tweeted.

The had imposed tariffs and sanctioned senior government officials to pressure on Brunson, whose two-year detention had particularly outraged Trump's conservative Christian base.

But two Turkish employees of US diplomatic missions remain in jail. One of them, former staffer Hamza Ulucay, was Friday denied release in a separate court hearing.

And NASA Serkan Golge, a dual US-Turkish national, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in February on terror charges, a term reduced to a five years last month.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 05:55 IST
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