German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen talks to Counter DAESH contingent members at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 1, 2016. Bundeswehr/PAO DEU EinsKtgt Counter DAESH, Jirka Ohk/Handout via REUTERS
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Germany is pressing Turkey to allow German lawmakers to visit 250 German soldiers stationed at Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Friday, after meeting her Turkish counterpart.Turkey's prime minister this week approved von der Leyen's visit, reversing an apparent effort to block the trip that angered German lawmakers and prompted some to suggest an end to German deployments to Turkey.Strained relations between Turkey and Germany took a turn for the worse in May after the German parliament passed a resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces was genocide.
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