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US Treasury Department has lifted sanctions against Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül.
In turn, Turkey has lifted sanctions against US Justice Secretary Jeff Seesch and US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen.

“The ban on the entry of Sessions and Nielsen to Turkey, the blocking of probable accounts of US ministers in our country and the ban on trading with Turkish citizens have been canceled,” Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said.
 
Sanctions against Turkish ministers were introduced by the US Treasury Department on August 2 in connection with their involvement in the arrest and detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Turkey imposed sanctions on members of the American government as a "mirror step" on the decision of the US Finance Ministry.

On October 12, the Turkish court released pastor Brunson and allowed him to leave the country. The next day, Andrew Brunson arrived in the United States.

After the release of the American pastor, the American and Turkish media reported that Washington and Ankara had reached a secret agreement on the release of the pastor before the trial began on his case. The press did not know the details of this agreement, but the agreements allegedly meant a weakening US economic pressure on Turkey.

Pastor Brunson was arrested in Turkey in October 2016. He was accused of espionage and aiding the preacher Fethullah Gülen (Ankara calls him the organizer of a failed attempt of the 2016 civil war) and PKK terrorists. Washington urged the Turkish authorities to release Brunson.

In turn, Ankara demanded the extradition of the preacher Fethullah Gülen, who has been living in the USA since the late 90's of the 20th century. However, the American authorities do not extradite him to Turkey.

Source: AA

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