Erdogan's Germany visit exposes splits despite warmer tone

Istanbul overlaid with the Flag of Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Istanbul overlaid with the Flag of Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Brunson, who has vehemently denied the charges, faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty.

Erdogan, seeking worldwide allies as he spars with US President Donald Trump and a struggling lira, likewise struck a conciliatory tone.

After that, President Donald Trump said that he authorized a double increase in duties on aluminum and steel exported from Turkey to the United States, to 20 and 50 percent, respectively. Turkey's government has repeatedly called on Washington to respect Turkey's judicial process.

His lawyer, Cem Halavurt, told AFP that he had applied to the court on Tuesday afternoon, although he previously said he would apply on Wednesday morning.

Halavurt argued that the evangelical pastor has been unjustly held for nearly two years and that there is no risk of him tampering with any evidence. "There is no possibility for the defendant to destroy evidence".

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On August 1, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against the Minister of Internal Affairs of Turkey Suleyman Soylu, and Minister of Justice, Abdulhamit Gul due to the fact that Ankara did not allow Brunson to return home.

In this July 2016 photo, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen speaks to members of the media at his compound in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

Turkey has delivered a list of 136 people it wants German authorities to extradite over suspected links to terrorist groups, Hurriyet newspaper quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

Breaking with his rants against Germany, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has softened his tone during his recent visit to Berlin, but a full normalisation between the two countries is fraught with many obstacles.

The 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, N.C., who has lived in Turkey for two decades, was arrested almost two years ago for allegedly "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups", a reference to outlawed Kurdish militants and the network of USA -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for a failed coup attempt.

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