Hurriyet Daily News
October 13, 2013
Dutch PM makes Patriot visit to NATO’s İncirlik airbase, speaks with Turkish PM
Adana: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited NATO’s İncirlik airbase in the southern Turkish province of Adana, where Patriot units sent by the Dutch army have been stationed since January. Rutte also held a phone conversation with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before leaving Turkey on Oct. 13.
The Patriot missile batteries were deployed to deter any possible threat to Turkish territory from Syria and are operated by Dutch soldiers.
Erdoğan thanked his counterpart for the Netherlands’ support to Turkey’s border security within NATO.