Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to help Sweden’s bid to affix NATO, the alliance’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg mentioned Monday.
Stoltenberg tweeted that Erdogan met with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and got here to an settlement about Sweden’s membership in NATO, hours after Erdogan mentioned the European Union ought to first take into account his nation’s admission to the EU.
In a information convention Monday, Stoltenberg mentioned that Erdogan intends to submit the ratification paperwork to the Turkish parliament “as quickly as doable,” however declined to supply “precise dates.”
He added, “After which after all it’s for the parliament then to … have the method after which do the ultimate ratification.”
Hungary, too, has opposed Sweden’s bid to affix NATO, however Stoltenberg mentioned that Hungary wouldn’t be “the final to ratify.” So, now that Turkey has agreed to Sweden’s accession, “I feel that the issue shall be solved,” he added.
President Biden, who has supported Sweden’s induction into NATO amid the, hailed the settlement.
NATO member international locations are assembly this week in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Stoltenberg provided solely a broad description of how Turkey had arrived at its determination to help Sweden’s accession.
“What we now have seen is that we now have been in a position to reconcile the issues that Turkey has expressed with the issues that Sweden has expressed after which we now have been capable of finding a joint floor frequent floor, after which transfer ahead primarily based on that,” he mentioned.
Turkey’s communications directorate mentioned in an announcement on Sunday that Sweden had “taken some steps in the precise course by making adjustments within the anti-terrorism laws,” but it surely criticized Sweden for permitting protests by organizations that Turkey has designated terrorist teams, together with the pro-Kurdish PKK and YPG.
Turkey has additionally criticized Sweden for permitting protests that concerned the burning of the Quran.
Sweden had, which was additionally initially blocked by Turkey. However Finland and Turkey labored out an settlement, and in April, Finland turned the thirty first nation to affix the alliance.
As for Erdogan’s feedback about Turkey becoming a member of the EU, Stoltenberg famous that he couldn’t converse for the EU. Turkey has lengthy sought membership to the EU, with the group saying in 1999 that it could formally take into account their software. After the 2004 enlargement — which didn’t embrace Turkey — the EU adopted a framework for negotiations, however there was no progress since then.
Olivia Gazis contributed to this report.