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World News July 12, 2023

Türkiye agrees to advance Sweden’s NATO accession

Türkiye agreed to advance Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Monday, a day before the alliance’s summit in the Lithuanian capital, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced.

Stoltenberg said at a press conference following a three-party meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson that Türkiye has agreed to forward Sweden’s accession protocol to the parliament as soon as possible and ensure its ratification.

The NATO accession process requires the approval of all member states. Sweden and Finland applied to join the alliance last year, but faced objections from Türkiye, which argued that the two countries harbor members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gulen movement.

Source : CGTN

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