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NATO Deal with Turkey ‘A Good Day for Sweden’, Says PM Ulf Kristersson – News18

Last Updated: July 11, 2023, 03:13 IST

Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, June 30, 2023. (AP Photo)

Swedish PM Ulf Kristersson expressed satisfaction as Sweden secures support from Turkey to join NATO, marking a significant step towards formal ratification

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Monday said he was “very happy” that Sweden reached an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to support its application to join NATO.

“We take a very big step towards the formal ratification of Sweden’s membership in NATO. It has been a good day for Sweden,” Kristersson told reporters ahead of a key alliance summit in Vilnius.

Erdogan agreed Monday to forward Sweden’s application to join NATO to his parliament for approval, the alliance’s head Jens Stoltenberg said.

A separate joint statement was issued, outlining the agreement between Sweden and Turkey.

Turkey has been blocking Sweden’s membership bid, accusing Stockholm of harbouring Kurdish activists Ankara regards as terrorists.

“President Erdogan commits to proceed with the ratification of Sweden’s accession to NATO as soon as possible,” Kristersson said.

He added that the two countries “continue our joint efforts to combat organised crime and terrorism”, as well as agreed to “deepen cooperation on the economy, trade, investments”.

On Monday, Erdogan also demanded that the European Union revive Turkey’s stalled EU membership bid as a precondition for Sweden joining NATO.

“From the Swedish side we continue to advocate closer cooperation between the Union and Turkey,” Kristersson said.

But Kristersson said that Sweden has not committed to anything outside the statement.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

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