US pastor met President Donald Trump at the White House after more than two years’ detention in Turkey.
Andrew Brunson appeared in the Oval Office with President Trump following a case that has strained relations between the two countries.
Mr Brunson thanked the president and his administration for securing his release – and prayed for him.
President Trump thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for helping with his release.
He said the US had been working “long and hard” to secure Mr Brunson’s release, and told Mr Brunson he had “galvanized this country” with his strength and faith.
What did Brunson say?
“This is the day our family has been praying for, I am delighted to be on my way home to the United States,” Mr Brunson said in a statement.
“My entire family thanks the president, the administration, and Congress for their unwavering support,” he added.
Speaking to reporters in Cincinnati, Mr Trump said he was “honoured” to have Mr Brunson back in the US.
Washington (CNN)US officials believe they’re on the verge of securing the release of Andrew Brunson, the American pastor jailed by Turkey on accusations he helped plot a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a source familiar with the matter.The source cautioned that US officials are counting on Turkish officials to follow through on their end of the agreement, which appears to now be in place with Brunson due to appear before a Turkish court on Friday.Brunson faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted.