NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday evening, before the alliance summit that begins Tuesday in Vilnius, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to refer Sweden asked to join the coalition Military to the Turkish parliament.
Stoltenberg added in a press conference: “I am pleased to announce … that President Erdogan has agreed to refer the protocol of Sweden’s accession to the Turkish Parliament as soon as possible and to work closely with the Council to ensure the ratification of the request,” describing this day as “historic.”
It is reported that Sweden’s accession to NATO was disrupted due to Objections from Türkiye since last year. Stoltenberg’s comments came after talks with the Turkish president and the Swedish prime minister in Vilnius.
Meeting between the Turkish President and the Prime Minister of Sweden on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Vilnius
Stoltenberg promised Erdogan that NATO, in turn, would create a special mechanism and the position of a special representative to combat terrorism.
In turn, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Bilstrom announced on Monday evening that an agreement had been reached with Turkey regarding his country’s accession to NATO membership.
Billstrom said on his Twitter account that the process of ratifying his country’s accession to the alliance will start now, after the agreement with Turkey.
In a related context, the official Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that Sweden confirmed during a tripartite meeting with Turkey and NATO in Lithuania that it would not support “terrorist organizations.”
Sweden also confirmed during the tripartite meeting that it would “strongly” support Turkey’s membership path in the European Union, according to Anadolu Agency.
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