(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
The officials from Türkiye, Sweden and Finland are scheduled to
come together in Stockholm to review the steps taken by the two
Nordic states to fulfill the Turkish demands to join the NATO
alliance, trend reports citing hurriyet daily news .
A Turkish delegation led by deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal
and presidential advisor Ibrahim Kalin has been dispatched to
Stockholm to discuss the developments concerning Sweden and
Finland's accession process to the alliance.
It is the second meeting of the Permanent Joint Mechanism
established by the three states under the trilateral agreement they
signed in late June. The agreement paved the way for the two
Scandinavian countries to launch the membership process to the
alliance on the condition that they intensify anti-terror
cooperation with Türkiye and extradite terrorists.
Sweden and Finland have taken some steps to address Türkiye's
concerns but Ankara says more concrete actions are needed for the
Turkish Parliament's ratification of their accession to the
alliance. Out of 30 allied nations, only Türkiye and Hungary have
not pledged parliamentary approval to Sweden and Finland.
“We are supporting NATO's open-door policy. We are not against
the membership of Sweden and Finland to NATO. But we are waiting
for them to fulfill the commitments they pledged on June 28 in
Madrid,” Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Nov. 22 at the
He explained that Ankara is asking them to cut their links and
support to the terrorist organizations and remove restrictions on
the sale of military equipment to Türkiye. Ankara has long been
criticizing both countries for not taking measures against the
activities of the terror organizations, namely the PKK, YPG and the
FETÖ, on their soils.
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