NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday welcomed the resumption of negotiations with Turkey on the membership of Sweden and Finland, noting that “progress” has been made on this regard.
He burdened that Sweden had “fulfilled the obligations” it had undertaken in the direction of Ankara in Madrid, including that “the time has come to finish the ratification course of”.
In a press convention with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Christerson, Stoltenberg – who's visiting Sweden – stated the 2 international locations' NATO membership is “a high precedence, and we're making progress”.
The NATO Secretary Basic additionally indicated that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “has agreed to renew tripartite conferences” with Sweden and Finland.
Sweden and Finland utilized to hitch NATO following Russia's conflict on Ukraine, however confronted objections from Turkey.
On June 28, 2022, Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding relating to the latter two international locations' accession to NATO, after pledging to answer Ankara's requests relating to cooperation. within the “battle towards terrorism” file.
Membership in NATO requires the approval of all 30 member states, together with Turkey.
Tensions between Turkey and Sweden have deteriorated lately after Swedish authorities approved the burning of the Holy Quran exterior the Turkish Embassy within the capital, Stockholm.
And on the finish of final February, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that there have been commitments relating to Sweden's NATO membership, stressing that Ankara's approval of Stockholm's membership n is just attainable if these commitments are applied.