ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkey blocked a group of German lawmakers from visiting the servicemen earlier in May prompting Chancellor Angela Merkel to suggest that Berlin may consider moving some 250 troops stationed at Incirlik to one of the neighboring countries.
"We have not been officially notified by Germany that it is going to leave to Jordan from the Incirlik base," Erdogan said before traveling to Brussels to attend the NATO summit.
"But if they do so, then for us it's not a problem. If they leave, we'll tell them "happy journey," the Turkish president stressed.
In November 2016, German media reported that military officials have traveled to Jordan’s capital Amman to investigate a possible relocation of Tornado spy jets from southern Turkey.
The Turkish Incirlik airbase stations hundreds of German personnel and several Tornado jets to carry out airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria alongside the United States and several other NATO member states.