US Lawmakers Meet with Turkey’s President in Attempt to Secure Release of Pastor Brunson

US Lawmakers Meet with Turkey’s President in Attempt to Secure Release of Pastor Brunson – Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to secure the release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in jail since October 2016 on false charges of espionage and terrorism and is being used by Turkey’s government for bargaining. Pastor Brunson is “doing fine physically,” and “is not guilty” of anything, Graham says in a video he posted on Twitter Saturday. “We are working very hard to get him home.” Graham called his meeting with President Erdoğan “good, respectful, and candid.” “We have real differences, but far more in common,” he wrote. “Turkey needs to be a strategic partner for the U.S. in a win-win fashion. We spoke candidly about Pastor Brunson and other friction points, including the purchase of Russian made S-400s and American made F-35s. However, when it comes to the U.S.-Turkey relationship, failure is not an option.” Shaheen also tweeted about the meeting. “… President Erdogan was receptive to my and @LindseyGrahamSC’s concerns,” she wrote after the meeting. In a related development, the US Senate May Block Turkey’s Purchase of Military Planes Until Imprisoned American Pastor Is Released.
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