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"At the president's direction, the Department of Treasury is sanctioning Turkey's Minister of Justice and Minister of Interior, both of whom played leading roles in the arrest and detention of pastor Brunson", Sanders said. "We will get it", Soylu wrote on his official Twitter account.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Wednesday that the United States will impose sanctions on Turkish officials in response to the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey.

Tensions have ratcheted up in recent weeks over Turkey's detention on terror charges of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was first detained in October 2016 and was moved to house arrest last week.

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday strongly protested against U.S. Treasury Department's decision, calling on the U.S. administration to reverse its "wrong decision".

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for almost two decades, was arrested later that year and charged with complicity in the attempt to overthrow Erdogan's government.

Two Turkish employees of U.S. consulates in Turkey are also now in jail on terror charges and another is under house arrest, while several Americans have been caught up in the crackdown that followed the failed coup.

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He is accused of acting on behalf of two groups deemed by Turkey to be terrorist organisations - the movement led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara says was behind the 2016 coup bid and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Pompeo said Trump had decided that sanctions were "the appropriate action". His next hearing is set for October 12.

The measures came less than a week after President Trump promised to "impose large sanctions" on Turkey if Brunson was not immediately freed and allowed to come home, and Vice President Pence warned the Turkish government to "be prepared to face the consequences".

The spat over the pastor has stoked tensions between the two governments, which were already quarrelling over Washington's support of a Syrian Kurdish militia. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called Brunson's detention "simply unacceptable".

Washington accused the two ministers of leading government organisations behind "serious human rights abuses".

The lira fell 1.6% against the USA dollar Wednesday, bringing its loss for the year to 24%.


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