Germany to vote on withdrawal from Turkey’s Incirlik: FM
The Bundestag will likely vote to withdraw troops involved in the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Syria from the Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base within a fortnight if Ankara persists in denying German MPs access to the site, German FM Sigmar Gabriel said May 17.

 “I can only hope that the Turkish government changes its mind in the coming days. Otherwise, the German parliament will certainly not leave the soldiers in Turkey,” Gabriel told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung.

A visit of German lawmakers to Incirlik would “not be appropriate at this juncture,” a Turkish official told the Daily News.

The German government will hold talks in the Bundestag within two weeks to decide whether to transfer six Tornado reconnaissance planes, a refueling plane and 250 troops to Jordan.

German diplomatic sources also told the Hurriyet Daily News that it would take six to eight weeks to finalize the transit if approved.

Sources say that if Germany’s parliament decides to do so, the government plans to withdraw military elements at Incirlik, although German pilots who fly AWACS planes in Konya as part of the NATO mission will continue in their posts.

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News Code: 15960  |  Date: 2017/05/18  |  Time: 11 : 43

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