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Still not possible to open Incirlik base to Germany: Turkey minister

Reuters , Tuesday 30 May 2017
Mevlut Cavusoglu
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (Photo: Reuters)
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Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base now, although Ankara may reconsider if it sees "positive steps" from Berlin.

Turkey has prevented German lawmakers from visiting the roughly 250 troops stationed at Incirlik as part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State Group, saying that Berlin needs to improve its attitude first.

"We see that Germany supports everything that is against Turkey," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara. "Under these circumstances it is not possible for us to open Incirlik to German lawmakers right now ... If they take positive steps in the future we can reconsider."

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