October 11, 2018 / 9:02 PM / 7 months ago

U.S. State Dept - not aware of deal for release of U.S. pastor held in Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is not aware of any deal for Turkey to release detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a media briefing on Thursday.

NBC News reported on Thursday that the United States and Turkey had reached a deal in which Brunson is supposed to be released and certain charges against him dropped at his next court hearing, which is scheduled for Friday.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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