Turkish delegation returns from Washington empty-handed

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A Turkish delegation that met with US officials to try to resolve disputes between the two NATO allies arrived back in Turkey on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing a foreign ministry source, adding that there were no signs of a breakthrough.

There was no immediate comment from Ankara on whether the meetings made progress in resolving the disputes between Turkey and the United States, who are at odds over the detention of US evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism charges.

According to the Turkish media the US asked the Turkish delegation to release 15 people currently incarcerated in the country and to sign a written agreement on it.

The delegation met with US State Department and Treasury officials on Wednesday to address the friction between the NATO allies. There were no signs of a breakthrough after the hour-long talks.

The Turkish lira tumbled to new record lows on Thursday, standing at 5.4850 against the dollar just before market close, down more than 3 percent from the previous day’s close. It hit a record low of 5.51 during the day.

The currency bounced 1.5 percent on Tuesday from a record low of 5.4250 after media reports that a delegation of Turkish officials would go to Washington.

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