NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberghas confirmed the call for a meeting between Turkey, Sweden and Finland this Thursday at the headquarters of the NATO in Brussels to unblock the adhesion of the two candidates to enter the military organization, stuck for months due to the reluctance of Ankara which alludes to the lack of cooperation in the fight against the terrorism of Kurdish groups.
At a press conference with the Swedish Prime Minister, ulf kristerssonfrom Stockholm, where he participates in the meeting of EU Defense Ministers, stoltenberg has stated that it has summoned Turks, Finns and Swedes to the headquarters of the NATO to discuss its entry into the organization, after welcoming the step taken by Hungary to begin discussions to ratify membership.
“I hope it will be completed soon,” he commented on the parliamentary process in Hungarythe only ally with Turkey that it has not yet endorsed the entry of Sweden and Finland into the military organization.
For the former Norwegian prime minister, the purpose of Thursday’s meeting is for Sweden, Finland and Turkey have a common understanding on the fulfillment of the memorandum sealed at the summit of Madridthus resuming contacts after weeks of broken contacts between Ankara and the Nordic countries.
According to Stoltenberg, the income of Stockholm and Helsinki in NATO “as soon as possible” is a priority for the alliance and has marked the leaders’ summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 11-12 as the deadline for the accession of the Swedes and Finns. “But I cannot give any guarantee that this will happen,” acknowledged the general secretary of the NATOwhile stressing that both candidates have complied with the provisions of the trilateral agreement signed with Ankara.
By your side, kristersson has indicated that the importance of the meeting next Thursday at NATO headquarters lies in “restoring dialogue” with Turkeyinsisting that it is not possible to expect great news but to present the progress made by Stockholm in the fight against Kurdish terrorism, after recalling that contacts with Ankara had been suspended for weeks.
(With information from Europa Press)
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