ISIS: Ankara denies reaching agreement on Incirlik with US

15 October, 13:25

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 15 - Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper reports that Turkish officials have denied that they have reached an agreement with Washington, granting further use of Incirlik Air Base to the US for military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

    The Turkish Prime Ministry made a statement that negotiations between the US and Turkey on the use of Incirlik Air Base in Adana province are continuing and that there is no new agreement between the parties. "There is no new agreement on the Incirlik issue. Incirlik continues to be used (by the US) under the current agreements. There are requests and expectations and the negotiations continue," said the Prime Ministry.

    It was also stated that Turkey and the US have reached an agreement to train the Syrian opposition but it is still not clear where and how the training will take place.

    Incirlik Air Base in Adana province is in close proximity to ISIS targets inside both Syria and Iraq. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also made a statement on Monday saying: "There is no decision reached at this point with regards to Incirlik or any other issue. So far, we have only agreed with the US on certain issues in the context of training and equipping (moderate Syrian opposition) project," said Cavusoglu according to Turkish press reports. (ANSAmed).

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