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Turkey court orders release of second German national”

The delegation had initially been due to come to Turkey in July for the routine visit, but the trip was blocked by Ankara. Friday's visit is expected to break the ice regarding the Konya air base crisis.

A delegation of seven German lawmakers visited the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military base in Turkey's central province of Konya on Friday, amid bilateral tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

A host of issues have strained the ties, including Germany granting asylum to Turks wanted by Ankara and a Turkish refusal to let German lawmakers visit German soldiers at the Incirlik airbase.

The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA and European Union - resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.

Tensions between Turkey and Germany continue to heat up amid the harsh exchange between two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries with deep economic and demographic ties.

"This approach of "I froze talks, now I restarted them" is not acceptable for us", he said.

"We expressly welcome the fact that this visit could take place", German foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said earlier on Friday.

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"It is advised for our citizens in Germany or planning to visit this country to be even-tempered, keep themselves out of political discussions and absent themselves from rallies held by terrorist groups ahead of the elections", said the Turkish foreign ministry according to a report in Al Jazeera.

On June 7, the German government announced that German troops stationed at İncirlik Air Base as part of the anti-Daesh coalition would be moved to a military facility in Jordan over the coming months after Ankara refused German deputies permission to visit.

The Bundeswehr is a parliamentary army. A defense committee regularly re-evaluates all global missions. The lawmakers were scheduled to spend three hours with the troops at Konya air base; however, media outlets were not permitted access to the visit.

Erdoğan also accused the European Union of implementing "hypocrisy and political immorality" when it comes to ties with Ankara.

Furthermore, Erdogan said some European leaders displayed Nazi-like behaviour after his ministers were barred from campaigning in some cities.

Relations between Ankara and Berlin were already strained by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on opponents after a failed coup a year ago, and Turkey's refusal to let German members of parliament visit airmen based in the country has exacerbated tensions.

"We should not push Turkey away", Johnson said.



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