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World News September 19, 2023

Hungary politician flags possible delay for Sweden’s NATO bid

Hungary is uncertain about approving Sweden’s NATO membership bid, with the parliament speaker suggesting possible delays in the process. Hungary’s approval has been stalled since July 2022 due to concerns over Swedish criticism of Hungary’s democratic situation. The Hungarian parliament speaker, Laszlo Kover, questioned the need for approval. Hungary’s foreign minister recently expressed concerns about biased accusations against Hungary by Swedish politicians. While most NATO members quickly ratified Sweden’s bid, Hungary and Türkiye have not yet done so and are coordinating their stance on the matter. It remains unclear whether a debate and vote on Sweden’s NATO membership will be on Hungary’s parliament agenda later this month.

Source – CGTN

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