Turkey calls on USA to get back to dialogue - top diplomat

Turkey says ready to discuss issues with U.S. without threats

Speaking to a group of foreign ambassadors in Ankara on Wednesday evening, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu appeared to extend an olive branch to US President Donald Trump's administration.

Sanctions imposed by the United States on Turkey are shattering the US' reputation, warned Turkey's Foreign Minister Cavusoglu on Tuesday.

Cavusoglu, on the other hand, said Turkey will call on Assad not to launch such operations.

Angered by the continued detention of an American pastor, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on two cabinet ministers and threatened more.

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"But objectively, of course we feel the wish of the West, and first of all the U.S. but not only, to prevent the Astana process from achieving concrete results and present it as not quite successful", he said. It also doubled tariffs of steel and aluminum imports.

"We expect the U.S.to be faithful to our traditional friendly relations and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance", he said, adding that "We (Turkey) are open to diplomacy and consensus but it is impossible to accept any imposition".

"It is planned to discuss the prospects of easing travel regime for the citizens of the two countries".

The currency tumbled to a record low of around 7.20 lira against the dollar late on Sunday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned of drastic measures if businesses withdraw foreign currency from banks.

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