The Trump administration, contending the charges against the pastor are politically motivated, slapped tariffs and sanctions on its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.
Weeks before Brunson's release, a USA diplomatic source told MEE that relations can only be improved if Turkey gives up its decision to buy the S-400s.
Spokeswoman Debi Forester said the church's Rev. Richard White has been with the Brunson family in Turkey for a day or two and the U.S. Consulate is handling Brunson's travel arrangements to return to the United States. According to Fox News, on October 12, Brunson stood before a Turkish court for a final hearing and it was decided that the pastor would be released and sentenced to time served.
"I love Jesus, I love Turkey", he said.
"President Trump, our administration, has made it clear that we will continue to stand strong until pastor Brunson is free and back home in the USA with his family and his church", added Pence, a devout Christian who has worked to free Brunson for the last two years.
President Donald Trump tweeted - after worldwide press reported the verdict - that he was '[w] orking very hard on Pastor Brunson!' "Thanks to the strong leadership of @POTUS Trump and the steadfast prayers of millions of Americans, this innocent man of faith will soon be home!"
"The court also lifted judicial controls on Brunson - that means restrictions on his movements have been lifted and he is now free to leave the country", Kenyon reports.
"We are overjoyed that God has answered the prayers of so many people around the world", she said by telephone from her home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. "Those prayers combined with the unwavering resolve of President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Brownback brought tangible help to Pastor Brunson and hope to those around the globe who are being persecuted due to their faith". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and others for their intervention. Brunson has already denied the charges.
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Instead, she told Pelley, she found the opposite: No one beyond Ford had a recollection of the night in question. He shared an email from one customer who explained, "I've loved your product the two times I've ordered so far".
Turkey has also been publicly critical of criminal prosecutions in the USA involving state-run Halkbank official Mehmet Hakan Atilla, as well as Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader. His administration had also placed sanctions on high-level Turkish officials earlier this year.
Earlier, the court called two witnesses following tips from witness Levent Kalkan, who at a previous hearing had accused Brunson of aiding terror groups.
Brunson's lawyer took the case to Turkey's highest court last week seeking his release from house arrest. At the time, he was facing the prospect of up to 35 years in prison.
An American evangelical Christian pastor at the centre of a row between Ankara and Washington looked set to fly home on Friday after a Turkish court freed him, a move that may signal a step towards mending ties between the allies.
On Friday, he celebrated the pastor's release on Twitter.
"We are determined to fight this twisted attitude that has attempted to impose sanctions on our country by using a pastor who has dark ties to terror groups as the pretext", Erdogan said.
Trump requests Erdogan to return Brunson to the United States at a White House meeting.
Turkish officials have told their American counterparts for years that Ankara wants to buy the US-made Patriot air defence system, but that the Turkish government has grown increasingly sceptical about the transaction ever taking place.
The arrest of the pastor soured Turkey-US relations and opened the proverbial Pandora's Box, with the US supporting YPG, a PKK offshoot in the Syria war all the while refusing to extradite FETO leader Fetullah Gulen to Turkey.