A USA pastor denied allegations of links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey as he went on trial on Monday in a case that has compounded strains in U.S.
For Brunson, the Chairman flew on Sunday in the Resurrection Church in Izmir, and his wife Norine read a message out at that he spoke about quiet and this darkness with his detention.
The lawyer for a US pastor who goes on trial in Turkey on Monday over alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup said the preacher had been arrested for his Christian faith.
Mr Brunson, 50, an evangelical pastor originally from North Carolina, appeared in court on Monday in the town of Aliaga for the first day of his trial. His wife was in the courtroom, as were North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and United States envoy for religious freedom Sam Brownback.
The Izmir prosecutor's office said that sufficient evidence had been obtained to charge Brunson with aiding armed terrorist organisations and obtaining confidential government information for political and military espionage. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, has denied the charges.
Turkey initially accused the pastor of being a member of both Mr Gulen's network and the PKK, but apparently adjusted the charges before the trial, accusing him of working on the groups' behalf.
Calling the USA -led airstrikes on Syrian sites a "positive step", Yildirim stressed that "more is needed for a lasting peace in Syria".
"The United States cares deeply about our relationship with Turkey", Brownback said, according to the Reuters news agency.
Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has denied involvement in the coup. Turkey has formally sought the extradition of Mr Gulen, but the USA says it has not been given sufficient evidence to back up the request. "Our prior expectation from the hearing is ending the arrest", he said.
"I'm still waiting for my dad to walk me down the aisle, and I'm still waiting for that father-daughter dance", she said.