The relationship between the United States and Turkey is likely to come under pressure as long as a U.S. pastor remains in jail, a U.S. official responsible for international religious freedom said on Monday (April 16).
A Turkish court on Monday began hearing allegations against Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, on charges of links to the group that orchestrated a 2016 failed coup in Turkey.
Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, has denied the charges.
Brunson's trial is one of several legal cases roiling U.S.-Turkish relations. The two countries are also at odds over U.S. support for a Kurdish militia in northern Syria that Turkey considers a terrorist organisation.