Turkey allows Germany's defense minister to visit İncirlik air base

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Published 27.06.2016 15:35
Updated 27.06.2016 15:40
German Defence Minister Leyen (C), German Flotilla Admiral Klein (L) look out from the deck of the German navy support ship Bonn, in Aegean Sea, off Turkish coast, April 20, 2016. (Reuters)
German Defence Minister Leyen (C), German Flotilla Admiral Klein (L) look out from the deck of the German navy support ship Bonn, in Aegean Sea, off Turkish coast, April 20, 2016. (Reuters)

Turkey said Monday it would allow Germany's defense minister to visit İncirlik air base in the south of the country, after it denied last week access to a German parliamentary delegation planning to visit the base in July.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said at a press conference in Ankara that the government will grant the permission to the German minister, adding: "We do not see any problem."

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen Sunday told the German newspaper Bild that she was planning to visit the base in the coming days.

"It goes without saying that the leaders of the German Defence Ministry visit their soldiers in action," von der Leyen said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu previously said that "the visit of non-military delegations and especially of politicians to the İncirlik base is not seen as suitable."

Çavuşoğlu told reporters that military and technical delegations were free to visit the Incirlik air base, but Ankara did not believe it was appropriate for politicians to go.

Germany has around 250 troops and several Tornado jets stationed at the base, a strategically important site in southern Turkey for the US-led air campaign against the Daesh group in Iraq and Syria.

Related: German defense minister says plans to visit German troops at Turkey's İncirlik airbase

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