Turkey, US agree to work together to resolve issues

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"I am hopeful that in the coming days that we will see that occur".

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 USA pastor, which has already resulted in Washington slapping sanctions on Ankara.

"The decision, which disrespectfully intervenes in our judicial system, will seriously damage the constructive efforts made in order to resolve problems between the two countries", Ankara's foreign ministry said.

They said his recent transfer from prison to house arrest was not enough and on Wednesday, the Treasury Department hit Turkey's Justice Minister, Abdulhamit Gul, and Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu, with sanctions that block any assets they may have in USA jurisdictions and bar Americans from doing business with them.

"Of course, it can not be expected to solve all these crises or problems in one meeting", he added.

Pompeo met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on the sidelines of a Southeast Asian security conference in Singapore.

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Both Cavusoglu and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described the conversation as constructive.

The former prime minister's position echoes that of the Turkish government. These are innocent people.

Hours before the sanctions were announced, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of showing an "evangelist, Zionist mentality".

On the sanctions, he said: "I hope they'll see this for what it is, a demonstration that we're very serious". It urged Trump to reconsider the sanctions.

After reports that the USA would sanction individuals over the case, the lira hit a record low of 5.01 against the dollar, before rallying slightly to 4.9.

"Pastor Brunson's unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

But Brunson's case has resonated with U.S. President Donald Trump and more particularly with Vice President Mike Pence. The sanctions also prevent American citizens from doing any business with the two ministers.

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