Delegations from Turkey, Finland and Sweden are scheduled to meet in Helsinki on August 26 to discuss the process of joining NATO. This is reported Anadolu referring to the administration of the President of Turkey.
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This will be the first meeting of the Permanent Joint Mechanism under the tripartite memorandum signed between Turkey, Finland and Sweden at the NATO Madrid Summit.
The Turkish delegation will be headed by Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal, and the delegation will include representatives of the Ministries of Justice, Defense, Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and National Intelligence.
As previously reported, Turkey was against inviting Sweden and Finland to NATO, accusing them of harboring alleged members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and opposition movements to Erdogan, which are recognized as terrorist in Turkey. Ankara also had claims in connection with the decisions of these countries in 2019 to ban the export of weapons to Turkey due to its military operations in Syria.
- On June 28, the Foreign Ministers of Finland, Sweden and Turkey signed a tripartite memorandum on Ankara’s support for the accession of the two Scandinavian countries to NATO.
- On June 28, at the NATO summit in Madrid, the Alliance invited Sweden and Finland to become its members. According to the charter, the invitation must be ratified by the parliaments of all 30 NATO member countries, including Turkey.
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