US,Turkey mutually lift sanctions on officials

US,Turkey mutually lift sanctions on officials

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Ankara, Nov 3 : Turkey and the United States mutually lifted the sanctions that they have placed on one another officials after last month’s release of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

According to Qatar News Agency, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the sanctions on Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which included a travel ban into the country and freezing of assets in Turkey, had been lifted.

The decision came in response after the US Treasury Department removed two Turkish ministers from a sanctions list. The US had imposed sanctions on Turkey's Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu in August over the detention of pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released in month of October after spend two years in prison.

Brunson, who had lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was arrested by Turkish authorities in 2016 for accusations related to spying and assisting Fethullah Gulen's network. Brunson denied the charges against him and US repeatedly called for his release. In August, US imposed sanctions on the two government officials to press Turkey to release the 50-year-old pastor. (UNI)