Turkey to boycott U.S. electronic goods

Turkey to boycott U.S. electronic goods

The new Turkish tariffs came in response to what Ankara called Washington's attack on its economy as well as the partial collapse of the Turkish lira after the U.S. boosted tariffs on Turkey's steel and aluminum last week.

The tit-for-tat tariffs came amid Turkey's rejection of a USA demand that it release American pastor Andrew Brunson, detained on espionage and terrorism-related charges.

Also Wednesday, the Turkish government doubled tariffs on some United States imports including cars and alcohol. The decree also doubled tariffs on American cosmetics, rice, and coal, among other imports.

President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish metals exports to the United States last week prompting Ankara, which says it will not bow to threats, to raise tariffs on USA cars, alcohol and tobacco by the same amount on Wednesday.

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar, tweeted: "Today, in the framework of important negotiations with His Excellency President Erdogan in Ankara, we announced a package of deposits and investment projects worth $15 billion in this country, which has a productive, strong and robust economy".

In response, Erdogan announced boycott of U.S. electronic devices, including Apple iPhones.

Sanders said Brunson's release would not lead to an easing in the tariffs, but that it could lead to an easing in sanctions.

The 2nd Penal Court in Izmir rejected his appeal and sent the pastor's petition to an upper court, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The clergyman is at the center of heightened tensions between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Turkey and the U.S.

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The Turkish lira rebounded some six per cent on Wednesday after the central bank squeezed lira liquidity in the market, effectively pushing up rates and supporting the currency.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have repeatedly urged Turkey to release Brunson, with the USA levying sanctions against two Turkish ministers over his detainment.

Amnesty International said it was "overjoyed" by the news that its chairman in Turkey, Taner Kılıç, was set to be freed later Wednesday by an Istanbul court after being held in detention for over a year. While many in the country believe the crisis is the fault of the US, even though experts have been warning of danger signs in the economy for months, Williams says some Turks do blame authoritarian President Erdogan for the crisis.

Speaking in Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders made clear the United States had no plan to remove the steel tariffs if Brunson were released though she said it could remove sanctions imposed on two senior Turkish officials.

The statement came after USA embassy charge d'affaires Jeffrey Hovenier visited Brunson in Izmir.

An evangelical from North Carolina, he has been held in Turkey for almost two years over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and the Gulenist movement, which Turkey blames for a failed coup in 2016.

"Turkey would do well not to test @POTUS Trump's resolve to see Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned in foreign lands returned home to the United States".

The feud escalated into an economic battle with global consequences this week as the Turkish currency, the lira, plummeted in value over fears of the country's economic stability stemming from the harsh us sanctions. "If they have iPhones, there is Samsung on the other side, and we have our own Vestel here", he said, referring to the Turkish electronics company, whose shares rose 5 per cent.

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