Germany’s Merkel rejects total ban on arms exports to Turkey

Germany’s Merkel rejects total ban on arms exports to Turkey

BERLIN
Germany’s Merkel rejects total ban on arms exports to Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sept. 12 rejected a total ban on arms exports to NATO ally Ankara,saying that such sales had already been restricted somewhat, but Turkey remained a key ally in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Merkel told broadcaster NDR that Germany would decide on arms sales requests from Turkey on a case-by-case basis. She also said she saw no reason to impose a travel warning for Germans travelling to Turkey, but said Berlin would keep its options open.