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Germany's von der Leyen arrives in Jordan for Bundeswehr troop visit

Europe
13.01.2018
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Berlin (dpa) - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Jordan on Saturday to visit Bundeswehr troops supporting a US-led military coalition against Islamic State after a November trip was cancelled due to an impasse on forming a government at home.

Von der Leyen is visiting the al-Azraq air base, where some 260 troops moved to from Turkey last year. The relocation occurred amid a row between Germany and Turkey that escalated when Ankara started to deny lawmaker delegations access to the site.

Von der Leyen was not able to visit the troops in November because Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s Christian Democrats (CDU), of which she is a member, and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), were unable to form a government.

A document detailing the two parties‘ preliminary agreement on entering coalition talks on Friday said that "the anti-IS mandate to support and protect our allies, especially France, can be significantly reduced" during the coming legislative period.

Islamic State has suffered substantial territorial losses in recent months after a coordinated effort by military leaders in Syria, Iraq and Russia.

 

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