A meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara will answer Sweden’s question of whether its bid to join NATO will gain momentum.
The fourth meeting on a permanent joint mechanism between Türkiye, Finland and Sweden will be held on Wednesday, Türkiye’s Directorate of Communications said Monday. Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership soon after Russia launched its 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.
Wednesday’s meeting at the Presidential Complex will be chaired by Akif Çağatay Kılıç, newly appointed chief adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the directorate. The meeting will be attended by 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.
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