The United States Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over detention of a US pastor.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made the announcement on Wednesday, calling Andrew Brunson’s incarceration “unfair and unjust.”
“We’ve seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong,” she said.
Washington is “not happy with Turkey’s decision not to release” the pastor, said the White House spokeswoman, adding that US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have discussed the issue “on several occasions.”
The two officials, Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, will have their assets and properties under US jurisdiction blocked and Americans will be prohibited from engaging in financial transactions with them.
“These officials serve as leaders of Turkish government organizations responsible for implementing Turkey’s serious human…