August 8, 2018 / 08:46 AM
US embassy stresses friendship with Turkey despite tensions

The United States embassy in Ankara has emphasized friendship with Turkey despite ongoing tensions between the two states.

“The United States continues to be a firm friend and ally of Turkey despite current tensions. Our countries have a vibrant economic relation,” the embassy said in a tweet on Aug. 7, Hurriyet daily reported.
The embassy also refuted claims reported by a number of media outlets in Turkey suggesting that an “American official” predicted that a U.S. dollar would soon be equal to 7 Turkish Liras.
“This is a fabricated, baseless lie,” the embassy said in another tweet.
It was earlier reported that Turkey and the U.S. reached a preliminary agreement after the crisis over the arrest of pastor Andrew Brunson that lead the U.S. to slap sanctionson Turkey.
Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, is at the center of one of the most serious crises in relations between the NATO allies in years.
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