The first meeting of the permanent joint mechanism, created within the framework of the tripartite memorandum signed between Turkey, Finland and Sweden at the NATO summit, will be held on August 26 in Finland.
This was reported by the Turkish agency Anadoluwith reference to the Office of Communications at the Administration of the President of Turkey.
In the framework of the memorandum, Finland and Sweden, as future NATO allies, pledged to fully support Turkey in the fight against all threats to its national security and gave a number of commitments on which Turkey’s approval of their NATO membership depends.
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As noted, the Turkish delegation at the meeting will be led by President Erdogan’s press secretary Ibrahim Kalin and Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal.
It is assumed that the delegation will include representatives of the ministries of justice, defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Intelligence Organization.
It is worth noting that the tripartite memorandum was signed on June 28, 2022 in the presence of the President of Turkey, the President of Finland, the Prime Minister of Sweden and the Secretary General of NATO.
It will be recalled that on August 9, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, signed the ratification documents on the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Alliance.
Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, but initially faced resistance from Turkey, which accused them of supporting what it considers terrorist groups.
But at the end of June it became known that Turkey refused to block the expansion of NATO.
At the same time, the Turkish authorities do not see concrete actions from Finland and Sweden, which are necessary for Ankara to approve their applications to NATO.