The United States will take further action against Turkey if it continues to detain American pastor Andrew Brunson, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday in a sign that tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies will continue to escalate over the issue.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Trump on Thursday that more sanctions were ready if Brunson were not freed.
In remarks at Thursday's Cabinet meeting, Trump voiced his disappointment with Turkey in personal terms, saying the country has "not proven to be a good friend". Sheikh Tamim was the first foreign leader to call Erdogan after the aborted coup in Turkey in 2016, and Turkey - along with Iran - is one of the few countries to support Qatar against the boycott by the Saudi-led Anti-Terror Quartet over Doha's financing of terrorism.
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A 100 Turkish lira banknote is seen on top of 50 Turkish lira banknotes in this picture illustration in Istanbul, Turkey August 14, 2018.
Tweeting later on Friday, Le Maire said, "Constructive talks with my Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak, following talks between Emmanuel Macron and Recep Tayyip Erdogan".
Erdogan has cast the tariffs, and the sell-off in the lira, as an "economic war" against Turkey.
Economists gave Mr Albayrak's presentation a qualified welcome and the lira subsequently held firm.
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The lira's drop in value is certain to further fuel inflation, which is already near 16 percent.
However, analysts are calling for a sharp hike in interest rates - which Erdogan adamantly opposes because it will put a brake on economic growth.
Last Wednesday, in retaliation, Turkey increased tariffs on several USA -origin products, including alcohol and tobacco products and cars.
He has also warned Ankara could start looking for new allies, as well as new markets. The currency was supported by Turkey's plan to cut spending, support for the banks and Qatar's pledge to invest $15bn in the country. "Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!"
"Diplomatic negotiations hit speedbumps and that's not unusual in these kinds of situations", said Jay Sekulow, a personal attorney for Trump who is also representing Brunson's family.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that solving the rift with the U.S. is not hard.
Sanders said the sanctions on Turkish Interior and Justice Ministers "would not be removed" until the release of Brunson.
This week, Antalya airport in southern Turkey has welcomed more flights from the United Kingdom than the popular Spanish islands of Mallorca and Tenerife.