Turkish Foreign Minister Telephone Pompeo After US Pastor Released

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by telephone after the release of US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson. This was said by a Turkish diplomatic source on Friday (12/10).


A Turkish court sentenced the pastor to three years and 45 days on Friday. However, he will not serve his prison sentence. The court respected the time he spent in detention, and ended his house arrest and travel restrictions.

Cavusoglu and Pompeo held a telephone conversation after the release of the priest, said the source reported by the Anadolu news agency.

The priest was arrested on December 9, 2016 on charges of being a member of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). On July 25, citing Brunson's health problems, the Izmir court ordered him to be transferred from prison to house arrest.

The charges against Brunson included spying for the PKK which was included in the list as a terrorist group by the US and Turkey and the FETO, the group behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016.
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