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US Pastor leaves Turkey, meets President Trump

US Pastor leaves Turkey, meets President Trump
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US Pastor leaves Turkey, meets President Trump

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US pastor Andrew Brunson has left turkey after more than two years in detention.

He will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Saturday.

The case had caused a bitter diplomatic rift between Washington DC and Ankara.

Brunson was arrested over alleged links to political groups, including the banned Gulenist movement.

A Turkish court had sentenced Mr. Brunson to three years in jail - but freed him because of the time he had already spent in detention.

US media reported on Thursday that the US had struck a secret deal with Turkey to lift sanctions in order to secure his release. President Trump denied on Twitter that any deal had been made.

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