'No problems' with religious minorities: Erdogan

# 01 August 2018 11:50 (UTC +04:00)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey had no problems with religious minorities in the country, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"Turkey has no problems related to [religious] minorities. Threatening language of the U.S. evangelist, Zionist mentality is unacceptable," Erdogan told journalists in parliament on Wednesday.

He added: "We will continue on the path we believe in without the slightest concession to our freedom, sovereignty, or judicial independence."

On Tuesday, in a joint declaration, Turkey's minority community representatives -- including followers of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches -- said that people of different faiths live "freely".

"We as religious representatives and foundation directors of societies of different religions and beliefs, who have been settled in this country for centuries, are free to follow our beliefs and practices,” the declaration read.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened “large sanctions” on Turkey unless it freed the American pastor, prompting an angry response from Ankara.

Brunson was arrested in September 2016, in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey that was carried out by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ). He is accused of links to FETÖ as well as the PKK terrorist group.

Last week, a court in Izmir ordered that Brunson be put under house arrest as his trial continues, citing health problems.

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