United States pastor held in Turkey appeals to country's highest court

United States pastor held in Turkey appeals to country's highest court

United States pastor held in Turkey appeals to country's highest court

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the USA had taken the wrong path by threatening and using blackmail instead of dialogue, and said that it was impossible for any country to trust it.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a session of the parliament in Ankara on October 1, 2018.

"I want to be the voice of people who can't take to the streets in Turkey because they have been arrested, killed or otherwise suppressed", she told AFP.

"However, the fluctuation in the economy, which doesn't reflect the reality in our country causes challenges to be more apparent", he added.

Mr Erdogan negotiated a potentially thorny news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel without any major provocation, smiling when security bundled out a journalist wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "freedom for journalists".

"The two parties are willing to move forward to get out of the impasse", said Ilke Yoygur, an analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid.

"We are leaving painful terms in the recent past with Germany behind", Erdogan said.

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"The main success of this visit is the fact that it took place", said Marc Pierini, an analyst at Carnegie Europe and former European Union ambassador to Ankara.

At a state dinner Friday with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Erdogan alluded to the "hundreds, thousands", of terrorists living in Germany.

Aiming to improve political and economic relations with Berlin, Erdogan paid a three-day high-profile state visit to Germany on September 27-29.

He further vowed to combat "twisted diplomacy" that applies sanctions against Turkey by pleading for "a pastor who is being tried due to obscure relations with a terror group".

"Turkey has opened its doors to all foreign investors and has implemented large-scale economic reforms over the past 16 years", Erdogan said.

For Mr. Pierini, this episode "reflects the important differences between the two parties about the rule of law, in particular as regards free expression".

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