U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Thursday in Ankara, Turkey, with the wife of a jailed American pastor, Andrew Brunson, a State Department official said on Friday.

Brunson is a missionary who has been held in Turkey since October on charges of being part of a terrorist organization, according to news reports. The pastor and his wife, Norine Brunson, initially were detained on immigration violation charges in October, when they were operating a small Christian church in the city of Izmir on Turkey’s western coast, media reports state. Norine was released shortly after, but Andrew was kept in jail and accused of being part of terrorist activities.

The couple has been serving in Turkey since 1993.

“On Monday, Andrew told me he felt the Lord had said I would meet with Sec of State Tillerson. On Tuesday, I was told by the embassy and another senator that the meeting would NOT happen. I decided to come to Ankara anyway and arrived last night,” Norine Brunson wrote on Facebook Thursday, just after she met for 20 minutes with Tillerson.

Turkish media reports state Brunson has been charged with membership of the Gulenist Terror Organization, the term which Turkish authorities use to refer to the network of U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, reports Yahoo News.

‎”Secretary of State Tillerson wanted to make sure he met with Mrs. Brunson to share the most recent information he had on Pastor Brunson’s case. The Secretary ‎committed to staying in touch with Mrs. Brunson regarding the case moving forward,” the state official said.

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