Turkey, US lift sanctions on officials after American pastor’s release

Following the removal of two Turkish ministers from Washington’s sanctions’ list, Turkey lifted sanctions on two top United States officials, Al Jazeera reported.

The Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday 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 in response to the earlier US move.

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 last month.

Brunson’s case had caused tensions between the two countries, starting with Washington imposing sanctions on Ankara, which led to a crisis in Turkish lira in August.

Turkey’s central bank officials had also increased interest rates in September, which eased tensions with Washington.

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