US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a NATO foreign ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 31, 2017. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met during his visit to Ankara with the wife of a jailed American pastor, a state department official said on Friday.The pastor, Andrew Brunson, has been held by Turkish authorities since October accused of being a member of a terrorist organization, according to local media.Tillerson met Norine Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over 20 years with her husband, in the capital Ankara late Thursday, the unnamed U.S. official said.The couple run a Christian church in the Aegean city of Izmir, the daily said, and were both initially detained in October suspected of activities said to be "against national security".While she was freed shortly after her detention, Brunson was charged with being a member of the Gulen movement in December.
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