Swedish FM to visit Turkey regarding NATO accession
Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstorm says that he will be heading to Turkey to continue talks regarding Sweden and Finland's NATO accession bid.
Tobias Billstrom, the foreign minister of Sweden, announced on Thursday that he will travel to Ankara to confer with Turkish officials about Sweden's proposed accession to NATO.
Following a meeting with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock, Billstorm argued that he plans "to go to Ankara in the fall to continue discussions, and in parallel discussions should be held with the authorities of all three countries, namely Sweden, Finland, and Turkey… And when these discussions are completed, then the Turkish parliament will have the opportunity to ratify [Sweden's accession to NATO]."
Based on the early November visit of Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson to Turkey, Billstorm said that "I am personally convinced that the prime minister's visit to Ankara showed that there is still a large space for dialogue [with Turkey]."
Sweden to fulfill Turkey's conditions to join NATO: PM
Kristersson, on November 8, said Sweden will fulfill Turkey's conditions to join NATO, adding that Sweden will not have any relationship with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
One request vs. a long list of conditions— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) June 28, 2022
While #Turkey had a long list of conditions from #Finland and #Sweden, all the two Nordic states wanted was to join #NATO.
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Kristersson, who is in Turkey on an official visit, was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that "I would like to inform you that the Swedish parliament started working on the establishment of an inter-parliamentary friendship group with Turkey."
"Sweden will fulfill the memorandum to the end. We will not have any relationship with the group of the Kurdistan Workers Party," he indicated.
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