German Tornado jets are pictured on the ground at the air base in Incirlik, Turkey, January 21, 2016
Germany says its lawmakers have been allowed to visit Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey after being refused access to the site amid a months-long row between the two NATO member states.
In a statement released on Thursday, the German parliament known as Bundestag, said its MPs will be able to visit Incirlik from October 4-6.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also welcomed Ankara’s approval of a planned visit by the defense committee of the German parliament to the air base, where some 200 German troops are stationed.
”With this decision by the Turkish government, we have taken a step forward,” he said, adding that “an armed force mandated by parliament must be able to be visited by its lawmakers.”
Germany uses the air base for flying Tornado jets over Syria and refueling flights as part of the US-led coalition allegedly battling the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region.
The country’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that Berlin hopes to invest 58 million euros (USD 65 million) in mobile barracks and other facilities in Incirlik.