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12:00 AM, November 04, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:22 AM, November 04, 2018

Turkey, US lift sanctions on officials

Turkey has lifted sanctions on two top United States officials, in a move that came minutes after Washington removed two Turkish ministers from its sanctions list.

The Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday the sanctions on Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which included a travel ban into the country and freezing of assets in Turkey, had been lifted in response to the earlier US move.

The US had imposed sanctions on Turkey's Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu in August over the detention of pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released last month.

The 50-year-old evangelical pastor was convicted of terror-related charges and sentenced to three years, one month and 15 days in jail by a Turkish court in October. But Brunson was immediately freed, taking into account the time already served and good conduct during the trial.

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