The German foreign minister appealed to the United States with a request to "use its capabilities" to resolve the conflict around the Incirlik base. The Turkish side stated that it was ready to say goodbye to the Bundeswehr.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (Sigmar Gabriel) appealed to the US for help in resolving the conflict with Turkey around the Air Force Base Injirlik. He said this on Thursday, 18 May, after a conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington. According to Gabriel, he proceeds from the premise that the US "is using its capabilities" in order to discuss the situation with Ankara.
About 7NUMX German military are stationed at the Turkish base "Incirlik". They support air strikes against the bases of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, carrying out aerial reconnaissance and refueling of aircraft. 260 May the base was to visit the delegation of the Bundestag Committee on Defense, but 16 May it became known that Ankara does not give permission for the entry of deputies.
German authorities have repeatedly criticized this step of Ankara, and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that she is considering alternative options for deploying German troops in the region, particularly in Jordan.
We say "goodbye"
Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, stated that Ankara was calm about the possible withdrawal of German troops from Injirlik. "If they want to withdraw troops, it's their decision, we're not going to beg anyone, when they wanted to use the base, we gave them support." If they stop doing this, we'll tell them "goodbye," the minister said in an interview with NTV.