ministers who played a key role in detaining American pastor Andrew Brunson.

"The Turks were on notice that the clock had run and it was time for Pastor Brunson to be returned and I hope they'll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we're very serious", Pompeo said.

On Friday State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said Pompeo and Cavusoglu had a "constructive conversation" and "agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries".

"Of course you can't expect all issues to be resolved in a single meeting", he told Turkish television channels.


Brunson, jailed in December 2016, is now under home detention.

"Pretty straightforward", Pompeo said.

It is unclear who that would affect, due to differing Cabinet roles in the United States than in Turkey, or if the intended officials even have any holdings in Turkey.

"We are going to work to see if we can find a way forward; I am hopeful that we can", he said. "These are innocent people".

The FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of 2016, which left at least 250 people dead and almost 2,600 wounded.


Those conflicts include the arrests of USA citizens as well as local consular staff, US senators pushing to block the delivery of American F-35 jets following Turkey's pledge to buy the Russian S-400 missile system, and Turkey's demand that Fethullah Gulen, a US -based cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt, be extradited to stand trial. Gulen denies the allegations. He was also charged with supporting outlawed PKK Kurdish militants.

On Friday, the currency fell to 5.1140 against the dollar. Investors' deepening concerns have sent the lira to record lows and hammered local stocks, as well as Turkey's debt-risk profile.

Brunson was in a Turkish prison for 21 months until he was transferred to house arrest last week. On Tuesday, a court rejected his appeal to be released during his trial.

The case has been followed closely by America's evangelical Christian community, a key part of President Trump's support base.

Erdogan said within the scope of the action plan, the environmental impact assessment and survey project works of Canal Istanbul will be submitted for approval.


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