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Turkish foreign minister says Germany can leave airbase

AP  |  Istanbul 

Turkey's foreign minister says his country won't beg to stay at the Incirlik airbase.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told private NTV that Turkey opened up the airbase to as part of the international coalition's operations against the Islamic State group.

"If they want to leave, that's up to them and we won't beg," he said.

The minister's comments come amid rising tensions between the two allies. Turkey blocked a visit by German lawmakers to some 270 troops stationed at Incirlik, prompting to consider moving aircraft to Jordan or Cyprus.

Cavusoglu criticized Germany for preventing him and other Turkish ministers from holding rallies in the country before the April 16 referendum on expanding presidential powers.

"If what we are doing is blackmail, then what was that?" he said.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 17:23 IST