Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave the “green light” for Finland’s accession to NATO, after the contacts he had with his Finnish counterpart.

The Turkish president considered that Helsinki had fulfilled the conditions set by Ankara and ordered that the process be forwarded to the Turkish parliament, in order to be voted on and ratified.

The most significant development came 10 months after the Nordic country’s initial request to join NATO, during which there have been tough negotiations, shipwrecks and clashes.

“We have taken the decision to activate in our parliament the protocol for Finland’s accession to NATO,” Erdogan said, shortly after meeting with Sauli Niisto in Ankara.

Regarding Sweden’s accession, the Turkish president stated that discussions will continue in order to address the issue of Kurdish terrorism in the Scandinavian country.

The Finnish president, for his part, welcomed Turkey’s decision, stressing that “it is beyond any doubt, for all of Finland, something very important.”