Germany decides to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

Germany decides to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

Germany decides to withdraw its troops from Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

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.

German deployments overseas require parliamentary approval, and German leaders say it's essential that lawmakers be able to visit troops when they want.

The German government on Wednesday approved the removal of troops from Turkey's Incirlik Air Base, escalating tensions between the two countries.

"We can then concentrate in our talks on other issues", she said.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel made a last attempt on Monday to persuade Ankara to avert a pullout but said Turkey had again refused the visit for "domestic political reasons". "In the future, if the conditions are there and there is normalization (a visit to) Incirlik may be possible".

"There is no decision we have taken on this".

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"We have to respect that Turkey for domestic political reasons can not approve visits". They will redeploy to a base in Jordan, but the move may take around two months and Germany acknowledges that flights by its planes will be interrupted for a time.

Germany will seek talks with the USA and other allies in the coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq to ensure a smooth transition from Incirlik to a base in Jordan, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said after the German Cabinet backed the move on Wednesday. She said Monday that the relocation would entail moving at least 200 containers and 10,000 tons of material.

She pointed to "a number of common interests with Turkey in addition to close economic ties", as well as the migrant crisis in arguing that "the thread of dialogue is very important".

Taking a word from Hillary Clinton's dictionary, earlier this month, Merkel called Turkeys stance on visits to Incirlik “deplorable” and warned Germany may move the warplanes based there to a location outside Turkey, possibly Jordan.

"Turkey is sticking to its position on lawmaker visits to Incirlik" and that's "not acceptable" to the German government, Steffen Seibert, Merkel's chief spokesman, told reporters in Berlin.

Citing public safety concerns, Germany banned Turkish politicians from addressing rallies of expatriate Turks, prompting Erdogan to accuse Berlin of "Nazi-like" tactics. "So that if they are caught, they can start a campaign and press for their release by claiming 'a journalist has been arrested, journalists are being jailed, '" Cavusoglu said.