7/16 Turkey again blocks German MPs from visiting its Nato troops

Edited by walterp on . Posted in News In Brief

Germany on Friday said Turkey once again blocked a visit by its lawmakers to German troops stationed at a Turkish base, a move adding to tension in their relations. Turkey asked the legislators to postpone a scheduled visit next Monday to a Nato base in Konya, the German foreign ministry said, adding that it regretted the decision. The dispute comes after Germany last month pulled out 260 troops from Turkey’s Incirlik base, from where a multinational coalition is fighting the Islamic State jihadist group, and redeployed them and their Tornado surveillance jets to Jordan. Some 20-30 German troops have remained at Konya as part of an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACs) mission, part of the coalition’s campaign against IS in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.    

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