| 31 March 2023, Friday |

Sweden expects Hungarian MPs to visit next week over NATO bid

A spokesperson for the Swedish parliament announced on Thursday that a delegation of MPs from Hungary will travel to Sweden on March 7 to discuss the Nordic nation’s application to join NATO.

According to the spokeswoman, the team, which is led by Deputy Speaker Csaba Hende, will meet with Swedish Speaker Andreas Norlen among others.

Finland earlier this week said it also expects a Hungarian delegation to visit.

Sweden and Finland applied last year to join the defence alliance due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hungary and Turkey are the only NATO members to not yet have ratified the bids.

On Wednesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party said it would back the ratification, as lawmakers in the Central European country began the process after a months-long delay.

  • Reuters