Jens Stoltenberg says he sees further progress on Sweden´s bid for membership in NATO during talks at Brussels headquarters in March
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that he expects progress on Sweden´s bid for membership into the alliance during March.
According to Reuters, Stoltenberg on Thursday, February 23, said that he has reached to an agreement with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan that Finland, Turkey and Sweden will meet at the NATO headquarters for talks in mid-March.
He said the talks will be organised “to address the challenges we face when it comes to Turkish ratification of the Swedish accession protocol”.
“I see progress”, he said, adding, “My aim is to have both Finland and Sweden as full members by the NATO summit”.
Both Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
But since an approval is required by all NATO member stated in order to join the alliance, Sweden has been facing objections from Turkey.
The talks between the two countries stalled in January 2023 after a copy of the Koran was burned in Stockholm outside the Turkish embassy.
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