Turkey has refused to allow German lawmakers to visit their soldiers serving at a Turkish air base near the town of Konya.

Defense spokesperson for the Social Democrats party in German government Rainer Arnold said Chancellor Angela Merkel must now take the necessary steps to ensure lawmakers can soon visit the soldiers in Konya.   

Ankara's earlier refusal to let lawmakers visit German soldiers serving at Incirlik air base led to Berlin relocating those troops to Jordan. 

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