On Monday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (right in photo) said Turkey would continue to block a delegation of German lawmakers from visiting troops stationed at the strategic Incirlik air base.
The military personnel, Tornado surveillance jets and other hardware-deployed as part of the global coalition against the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group-will be moved to Jordan's Asraq base instead, said Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, the German website Local.de reported.
Since 2015, Germany has stationed six Tornado surveillance jets and a tanker aircraft at Incirlik, along with around 260 personnel, providing intelligence and logistics support for anti-Daesh operations.
The transfer will disrupt its air refuelling missions for two or three weeks, while Tornado surveillance flights will cease for two to three months, she said.
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The decision comes following Turkey's refusal to allow German lawmakers acesss to visit soldiers in the Incirlik base.
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"At the moment, a visit to Konya is possible but not to Incirlik", Cavusoglu said at a news conference with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel.
Turkey subsequently refused German lawmakers to access to Incirlik Airbase in southern of the country where hosts anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition members for military activities in Syria.
Citing public safety concerns, Germany banned Turkish politicians from addressing rallies of expatriate Turks, prompting Erdogan to accuse Berlin of "Nazi-like" tactics.
"We should maintain dialogue with Turkey", Merkel said adding that "we can concentrate on other points, there are many hard issues, but I do not see a situation in this step where relations are deteriorating".
The relocation would mean that Germany no longer has to argue constantly with Turkey over lawmaker visits to troops, Merkel told reporters in Berlin. "We say we are ready for that. but you have to move, too", said Gabriel, who stressed that adhering to the rule of law was necessary.
Relations plunged further after Turkey imprisoned Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist with Die Welt daily, on terror charges earlier this year.