Turkey to Germany: Have it your way with Incirlik troops

June 7, 2017 3:45 am

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim delivers a speech during the AK Party’s group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on June 06, 2017. (Photos by AFP)

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says ’s removal of its troops from the Incirlik air base will be of little consequence.
“There is no decision we have taken on this. They can have it their own way,” said Yildirim on Tuesday.   
He added that Germany can “remove its troops however it wants” and the decision has “nothing to do with Turkey.”
Yildirim made the remarks after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced that his country has no choice but to remove its troops deployed at the base located in southern Turkey.
A dispute recently broke out between Ankara and Berlin when German parliamentarians were refused access to the base where it had troops deployed.
“We have to respect that Turkey for domestic political reasons cannot approve visits. But then you know the opinion of the German parliament which will now in the very near future make reference to that part of the mandate which says that, if visits aren’t possible, the German government will have to look for another location.” said Gabriel.
Relations between Turkey and Germany began to deteriorate after a failed coup in Turkey last year. Germany has repeatedly criticized Ankara’s crackdown, saying the Turkish government has acted beyond the rule of law.

This file photo taken on July 28, 2015 shows a aircraft on the runway at Incirlik Air Base, on the outskirts of the city of Adana, southeastern Turkey. 

Turkey defends the crackdown and insists that European’s government has failed to properly condemn the coup.
Ankara also accuses Berlin of giving sanctuary to outlawed Kurdish militants and allowing their sympathizers to stage anti-Turkey rallies across Germany.
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