Trump attacks Turkey, vows to pay "nothing" for United States pastor's release

US says ready with more sanctions if Turkey does not free pastor

US prepared to add sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released

Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of worldwide investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles.

The Turkish lira has been in a steady slide and reached an all-time low earlier this week.

USA support for Kurdish rebel groups fighting Islamic State fighters in northern Syria is another major difficulty, given Turkey's battle against a Kurdish insurgency in its own country.

Strategic alliance or Muslim solidarity? He said he was also considering an appeal to Turkey's constitutional court. "The Europeans will maintain the existing objections to certain Erdogan policies and continue to voice their concerns, but that won't stop them from developing pragmatic cooperation with Turkey", he said.

"We stand by our brothers in Turkey that have stood with the issues of the Muslim World and with Qatar", Sheikh Tamim tweeted.

The flailing Turkish lira rebounded slightly on Thursday, on the heels of Qatar's announcement that it would earmark $15 billion for deposits and investment projects to be made in Turkey. "Turkish-Qatari relations are based on solid foundations of true friendship and solidarity", he said. A coalition of Arab countries, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, isolated Qatar and imposed a diplomatic and trade embargo on the peninsular country in June 2017. In the Gulf crisis, Turkey sided with Qatar, which was the rightful side. "This may be how Qatar is paying back the favor".

A Trump tweet on Friday announcing a doubling of aluminum and steel tariffs for Turkey triggered the rout in the currency markets.

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Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years.

He says the USA will pay nothing for his return, because he is innocent and indicated the pressure on Turkey will continue.

Erdogan has called for a boycott of USA electronic goods and Turkish media has given extensive coverage to anti-US protests, including videos circulating on social media showing Turks apparently burning dollar bills and destroying iPhones.

Prior to that, President Erdogan urged Turkish customers to boycott American electronic products.

"Qatar will support its fellow country Turkey in every area to get over its economic crisis and will not hesitate in doing it", said Saleem Mubarak al-Shafi, Qatari envoy to Ankara, referring to the aftermath of USA sanctions that were imposed on Turkey last week.

On the same day, Turkey announced it would be increasing tariffs on some U.S. imports.

"American sanctions will have no effect on us as long as we remain united", said another man, Ibrahim Aktar.

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