Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 23/06/2018 13:23 
16.07.2017 23:13 News >> Merkel Urges Talks To Resolve Airbase Row With Turkey

Merkel Urges Talks To Resolve Airbase Row With Turkey

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged talks to resolve ongoing disputes with Turkey on German lawmakers' visits to troops stationed in Turkey as part of NATO missions.

In an interview with public television ARD on Sunday, Merkel said current disputes between Berlin and Ankara should be resolved through bilateral talks, and talks among the allies at NATO.

"In terms of Konya, this is more about a NATO mission, for which Germany is providing significant contribution. Therefore, not only the German government, but also NATO would have talks with Turkey," said Merkel.

On Friday, Ankara postponed a planned visit by a group of German lawmakers to NATO base in central Konya province, saying that such a visit was not politically appropriate at this point in time.

NATO's mission in Konya provides intelligence support for international coalition fighting Daesh and around 20 German soldiers are stationed at the base.

Several German politicians called for withdrawing German soldiers from Konya airbase, due to Ankara's reluctance to give permission to such visits. However, Merkel declined to take hasty decisions and opted to wait for the result of talks with Turkey.

Germany's opposition lawmakers are pushing the government ahead of general elections in September to urge Turkey to give them unrestricted right to visit the troops in the country.

In June, Germany decided to withdraw its Tornado surveillance jets and around 260 troops from Incirlik, another key military base in Turkey.

Strained ties

Ties between Ankara and Berlin have been strained in recent months as Turkish leaders slammed Germany for turning a blind eye to outlawed groups and terrorist organizations, while German politicians criticized Turkey over human rights and freedom of the press issues.

Despite repeated requests by Ankara to arrest suspects involved in last July's coup attempt, German authorities have turned down extradition requests and argued that Ankara should first provide legally sound evidence.

Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which is believed to have organized the foiled coup bid, runs dozens of private schools, businesses and media organizations in Germany.

Since the July 15 coup attempt, nearly 4,000 FETO suspects went to Germany from Turkey and other countries, according to local media reports.

Apart from FETO, the terrorist PKK group has also a large network in Germany and carries out significant propaganda, recruitment and funding activities.

The group has nearly 14,000 followers in the country, from whom it annually collects more than €13 million (over $14 million), according to the reports of German domestic intelligence agency, BfV. -



        Latest News
Turkey Least Affected By US Tariff: Deputy Pm 13 minutes ago...
Mehmet Simsek says he hopes U.S. tariff decision is just negotiation tactic.
Oil Crescent 'Point Of Rivalry' İn Crisis-Ridden Libya -18 minutes ago...
The oil crescent region accounts for more than 60 percent of Libya’s total oil production.
Deadly Explosion Hits Pm Rally İn Ethiopia -2 minutes ago...
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rushed to safety.
Israeli Navy Arrests 3 Fishermen Off Gaza Coast -2 minutes ago...
The three fishermen were detained while fishing north of Gaza City.
Uk: British Museum To Open New Islamic Culture Gallery 13 minutes ago...
Gallery to display many items from Turkish culture, including Karagoz shadow puppets.

 
      Top News
Israeli Army İnjures Anadolu Agency's Photojournalist Israeli Army İnjures Anadolu Agency's Photojournalist
Mediterranean Migrants Death Toll Nears 1,000: Un Mediterranean Migrants Death Toll Nears 1,000: Un
Turkish Army Completes Third Round Of Patrols İn Manbij Turkish Army Completes Third Round Of Patrols İn Manbij
New Istanbul Airport 'Trademark Project' Of Turkey New Istanbul Airport 'Trademark Project' Of Turkey
Turkish Soldier Succumbs To İnjuries Turkish Soldier Succumbs To İnjuries
Ypg/Pkk Terror Attack Foiled İn Jarabulus Ypg/Pkk Terror Attack Foiled İn Jarabulus
Turkey Continues To Be World's Most Hospitable Country Turkey Continues To Be World's Most Hospitable Country
Eu, New Zealand Launch Trade Negotiations Eu, New Zealand Launch Trade Negotiations
Israel Warns Of Possible Fresh Conflict With Gaza Israel Warns Of Possible Fresh Conflict With Gaza
Us-Made F-35 Fighter Jets To Arrive İn Turkey İn 2020 Us-Made F-35 Fighter Jets To Arrive İn Turkey İn 2020