Ambassador Sam Brownback Interviewed on the Fate of Pastor Brunson

In an interview on Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback answered questions on the government’s views on the imprisonment of Rev. Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian pastor from North Carolina who has led a small congregation in Izmir, Turkey, for the past two decades.

U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback interviewed on CBN

Brunson was imprisoned in Turkey in October 2016. It wasn’t until April 2018 that he was formally told why. He is accused of espionage and charges related to terrorism and faces up to 35 years in jail.

In the interview, Brownback said these are “completely specious charges. There's no factual basis for it.”

Brownback characterized Turkey’s attitude toward the United States as “confrontational…. It doesn't make any sense what the Turkish government is doing…. There's just nothing that’s there and the Turks are using this at a high level and it’s really hurting the relationship between the United States and Turkey. But I think ultimately he [Brunson] will come home.”

The interview is available on the CBN website.

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