Turkey lira slumps to record lows over U.S. sanctions

US Pastor Andrew Brunson is seen inside a car escorted by Turkish plain-clothes police officers as he arrives at his house

Brunson, who used to run a Protestant church in the city of Izmir in western Turkey, was recently moved to house arrest, but Washington said that was not enough.

"We consider this one of the many issues that we have with the Turks", Pompeo said.

The case is now at the centre of a bitter row between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Ankara and Washington after the U.S. on Wednesday imposed sanctions on the Turkish justice and interior ministers claiming they played a major role in the arrest and detention of the pastor.

Before the meeting, Pompeo told reporters that he hoped Turkey would see that the sanctions were "a demonstration that we're very serious".

Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor who has lived in Turkey for the last 23 years, has been in Turkish custody on terrorism and espionage charges since being arrested shortly after a failed coup attempt on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government.

Top diplomats from Turkey and the United States agreed on Friday to work towards a solution to the diplomatic spat that has erupted over the arrest of a U.S. pastor, which has already resulted in Washington slapping sanctions on Ankara.

Ahead of the meeting, Pompeo said Brunson's case would be high on his list of items to discuss with his Turkish counterpart.

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"They've been holding these folks for a long time".

"We are going to work to see if we can find a way forward", he emphasized. "These are innocent people".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will seek global arbitration if the Trump administration fails to deliver the fighter jets.

"I am hopeful that we can".

On Wednesday, the White House announced that it was imposing sanctions on Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Although he was released to home detention, he faces a prison sentence of up to 35 years if he is convicted on both counts at the end of his ongoing trial.

Under the sanctions to be imposed by the Treasury Department, any property, or interest in property, belonging to Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul or Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu within US jurisdiction would be blocked.

The pastor denies the charges while U.S. officials have publicly insisted that Brunson is innocent and should be freed.

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