Turkey annoyed by ‘some NATO allies’, may close Incirlik airbase, says foreign minister

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (Photo: Anadolu Agency)

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Turkish news channel CNN Turk that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Germany is no longer certain and that Turkey is annoyed by “some NATO allies” and may therefore close its Incirlik airbase.

Cavusoglu said that his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, had recommended various venues for the Turkish president to hold rallies at but that neither dates nor locations had been confirmed yet.

The foreign minister expressed discontent with his country’s NATO allies. “We are annoyed by the approach of some of our [NATO] allies’ approach to terrorist organisations but these issues will not ruin our deep friendships,” he said.

“We could close the [Incirlik] airbase for Germany or other countries if we wanted to, but that’s not on the agenda at the moment,” Cavusoglu said.

The US is currently using the Incirlik airbase to carry out operations in Syria.

Speaking at the “Women and Democracy Meeting” in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared the decisions by German authorities not to allow talks by Turkish ministers in Germany to “Nazi practices” causing diplomatic strife.