| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

Türkiye, Sweden, Finland meet in Ankara for NATO talks

On Wednesday, the Turkish capital Ankara hosted the fourth meeting regarding a permanent joint mechanism involving Turkey, Finland, Sweden, and NATO.
Akif Cagatay Kilic, the chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is chairing the one-day meeting at the presidential complex.

Stian Jenssen, director of the Private Office of the NATO secretary general; Jan Knutsson, state secretary of the Swedish Foreign Ministry, and Jukka Salovaara, permanent state secretary for the Finnish Foreign Ministry, are attending the talks.

The meeting comes before the NATO leaders convene in a summit in Vilnius, Lithuania on July 11-12.

Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership soon after Russia launched a war in Ukraine in February 2022.

Although Türkiye approved Finland’s membership to NATO, it is waiting for Sweden to abide by a trilateral memorandum signed last June in Madrid to address Ankara’s security concerns on terrorism.

Sweden passed an anti-terror law in November, hoping that Ankara would approve Stockholm’s bid to join NATO. The new law, effective as of June 1, allows authorities to prosecute individuals who support terrorist groups.

Several foreign ministers hope that Türkiye would approve Sweden’s bid ahead of the NATO summit next month.

  • Anadolu Agency