Turkey to Freeze US Officials Assets

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Added On August 7, 2018

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will freeze the assets of two U.S. officials.

The move comes in response to the recent U.S. sanctions over the detention of a U.S. pastor.
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The Turkish President made the remarks at a AKP party convention in Ankara on Saturday.
 
SOUNDBITE(TURKISH)RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, Turkish President
"We have been patient until yesterday evening. Today I am instructing my supporters to freeze the assets of the U.S. justice and interior ministers in Turkey."
 
Erdogan added the latest sanctions taken by the U.S. was a serious form of disrespect and not fitting for a strategic partner.
 
The already fragile ties between the two NATO allies were again strained on Wednesday, when the U.S. imposed sanctions on the Turkish interior and justice ministers.
The move followed a Turkish court's rejection of pastor Brunson's release appeal.
 
On Friday, top diplomats from the U.S. and Turkey met in Singapore on the sidelines of ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting, saying they would work together to resolve issues through diplomatic means.