Turkey has been blocking Sweden’s NATO membership for 13 months, claiming it harbors “Kurdish terrorists” on its soil
“Sweden has fulfilled its obligations” towards Turkey, the Secretary General of NATO said on Sunday Jens Stoltenberg after the closed-door talks with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which lasted two hours.
Turkey has been preventing Sweden from joining NATO for 13 months, claiming that it harbors “Kurdish terrorists” on its territory.
According to Stoltenberg, officials from Turkey, Sweden and Finland will meet the week of June 12 for further talks regarding Sweden’s request to join NATO.
Productive meeting w/ President @RTErdogan to prepare the #NATO Summit in Vilnius. We discussed Sweden’s NATO membership, and I welcome that #TürkiyeSweden and Finland will meet again in the Permanent Joint Mechanism. pic.twitter.com/bFlMOJGBXa
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) June 4, 2023
Stoltenberg also said that Sweden has made significant strides to respond to Turkey’s concerns and has fulfilled its obligations, while adding that there is still time for its accession until the summit of the alliance to be held in mid-July in Vilnius.
Stoltenberg also thanked Turkey for sending reinforcements to Kosovo after the recent unrest there and underlined that NATO and the international peacekeeping force in Kosovo KFOR are taking all necessary precautions for the safety of the people of Kosovo.
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