No agreement on troop withdrawal from Incirlik

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Germany’s conservative-left coalition government has rejected a motion filed by opposition parties to “immediately” withdraw German troops from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, amid political tensions between Berlin and Ankara Friday.
The joint motion filed by the socialist Left Party and the environmentalist Green Party was rejected by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and their coalition Social Democratic Party (SPD) after a heated debate in parliament. Senior Christian Democrat lawmaker Roderich Kiesewetter criticized Turkey for refusing demands by German lawmakers to visit Incirlik Air Base, but warned against taking a hasty decision.
“A unilateral and immediate withdrawal of German troops is neither in the interest of Europe, nor in the interest of Germany,” he told lawmakers ahead of the vote on Thursday night.—Agencies