BREAKING: Merkel ‘to withdraw all German soldiers from Turkey’ in MAJOR diplomatic row
More than 250 German soldiers are stationed at the base, contributing to NATO’s mission targeting Islamist State militants in neighbouring Syria.
The military personnel fly Tornado surveillance missions over the wartorn country, and refuel flights for partner nations battling ISIS extremists.
Turkish foreign ministry sources told Reuters that a visit by German parliamentarians “would not be appropriate at this time”.
Turkey similarly refused access to German authorities late last year, although that visit eventually went ahead.
Speaking to reporters, Angela Merkel said: “We will continue to talk with Turkey, but in parallel we will have to explore other ways of fulfilling our mandate.
“That means looking at alternatives to Incirlik, and one alternative among others is Jordan.”