Germany’s defense minister has said German troops in Turkey’s İncirlik Air Base will continue fighting in the international coalition against the Daesh terrorist group till the end of June.
In an interview with German daily Bild am Sonntag, Ursula von der Leyen said German refueling aircraft were expected to be moved to Azraq air base of Jordan by mid-July.
“According to our schedule, reconnaissance aircraft will start serving again in October,” she said.
Merkel says must keep talking to Turkey after troops quit air base
It is important that Germany and its NATO ally Turkey keep talking even after German troops leave the Incirlik air base due to Ankara’s refusal to allow German lawmakers access to its soldiers there, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.”We have a huge range of common interests with Turkey and also close economic relations, so discussions are very necessary,” Merkel told reporters after her cabinet backed the withdrawal of troops from the base. German cabinet votes in favor of withdrawing troops from Turkey’s İncirlik base
German cabinet votes in favor of withdrawing troops from Turkey’s İncirlik base
Germany’s cabinet voted on Wednesday in favor of a plan to withdraw the country’s nearly 250 troops from the İncirlik air base in southern Turkey, according to reports.In recent days, relations between the two NATO allies were strained after Turkey refused to allow a visit by German MPs to some 250 troops stationed in the air base. In a televised speech yesterday, Turkish PM Binali Yıldırım said that Germany ‘Can do as it pleases,’ pointing that Turkey for its part has not made any decision on the issue. Sigmar Gabriel, the German foreign minister, announced on Monday that Germany will withdraw its troops from İncirlik.Turkish opposition leader backs government on İncirlikTurkish premier cancels meeting with German ministerTurkish FM says German delegation may visit Konya Air Base, not İncirlikTurkey says German MPs’ Incirlik visit ‘not possible’
Turkey had blocked visits by German lawmakers to their soldiers stationed at Incirlik primarily over the composition of some delegations which included MPs openly supportive of the PKK — an organization considered terrorist by Turkey, the EU and the U.S.
Since 2015, Germany has stationed six Tornado surveillance jets and a tanker aircraft at Incirlik, along with around 260 personnel, providing intelligence and logistics support for anti-Daesh operations.
On June 7, Berlin announced German troops stationed in the southern Turkish base would be moved to a military facility in Jordan over the coming months.