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Erdogan discusses considerations with NATO hopefuls Sweden and Finland

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Occasion (AKP) throughout a gathering on the parliament in Ankara, Turkey Could 18, 2022. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Workplace/Handout by way of REUTERS)

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who has objected to Sweden and Finland becoming a member of NATO, held cellphone calls with the leaders of the 2 international locations on Saturday and mentioned his considerations about terrorist organizations.

Turkey says Sweden and Finland harbor folks linked to the Kurdistan Employees Occasion (PKK) militant group and followers of Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating a 2016 coup try.

Erdogan instructed Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson that Ankara anticipated concrete steps to handle its considerations, in line with the Turkish presidency. He additionally stated an arms exports embargo imposed on Turkey after its Syria incursion in 2019 needs to be lifted, it added.

Andersson stated she appreciated the decision and that Sweden hoped to strengthen bilateral relations with Turkey.

“I emphasised that Sweden welcomes the potential of cooperation within the battle in opposition to worldwide terrorism and emphasised that Sweden clearly helps the battle in opposition to terrorism and the terrorist itemizing of the PKK,” she added in an announcement.

In one other name, Erdogan instructed Finnish President Sauli Niinisto that failing to cope with terrorist organizations that posed a risk to a NATO ally wouldn’t go well with the spirit of alliance, Ankara stated.

Niinisto stated he held “open and direct” talks with Erdogan and agreed to proceed shut dialogue.

Turkey stunned its NATO allies final week by objecting to the 2 international locations’ accession to the army alliance, however Western leaders have expressed confidence that Ankara’s objections is not going to be a roadblock to the membership course of.

All 30 NATO states should give their approval earlier than a brand new member may be admitted and thus profit from the collective-security assure.


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