Germany sees Jordan airbase as suitable substitute for Turkey's Incirlik

Frederick Owens
May 28, 2017

The German Defence Minister has said that the Jordanian airbase, among the eight locations, is a possible alternative to relocate soldiers from Turkey's Incirlik base as it has showed a "lot of potential". A similar move took place a year ago, following the German parliament's decision to recognize the Ottoman Empire's massacre of Armenians in the early 20th century as genocide.

Germany has about 250 military personnel stationed there, flying Tornado surveillance missions over Syria and refueling flights for partner nations. She says talks with Turkey are continuing, but that "in case we will have to move, we would be prepared".

"If it is not possible to work normally at Incirlik - and this includes visits by German parliament lawmakers - then we will have to look for alternatives", he told German newspaper Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung.

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He said Gabriel had made different remarks in private, suggesting the minister was using the dispute for political gain ahead of September elections in Germany. The Turkish government suspected these people were involved in the coup attempt and the Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that they "regretted" Germany's decision to grant asylum to them.

On May 15 Ankara canceled, without explanation, a visit scheduled by legislators of the German parliament to the troops established in Incirlik, in southeastern Turkey, in joint used with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

"I called my colleague, Cavusoglu, I said let's solve the problem, and what a shame that his response was this statement", Gabriel said.

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