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    German Lawmakers Meet With German Military at Incirlik Airbase in Turkey

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    A group of German lawmakers visited on Wednesday German servicemen deployed at the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — The delegation is headed by Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the German Parliament Karl Lamers and included Agnieszka Brugger, Ingo Gaedechens, Florian Hahn, Rainer Arnold, Karl Heinz Brunner and Alexander Neu, the Anadolu news agency reported.

    The Incirlik airbase hosts six German Tornado reconnaissance jets aircraft, as well as jets from the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Qatar participating in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group outlawed in many countries including Russia.

    In June, Ankara restricted a delegation of German lawmakers' access to the air base after the German parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the early 20th century massacre of ethnic Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

    On August 29, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said German officials would be able to visit the base provided the German government took steps to distance itself from the Bundestag resolution. On September 2, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Bundestag resolution was not legally binding.


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