Turkish President Erdogan receives NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. During the meeting, Sweden's NATO membership was discussed. New ministers Hakan Fidan and Yasar Guler also took their places in the meeting. After the meeting, Stoltenberg stated that Türkiye, Sweden and NATO will come together on June 12.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The reception at the Dolmabahce Office of the Presidency took place at 02:30 PM hours. 

It was stated that the main topic of the meeting was Sweden's NATO membership. The meeting, which was closed to the press at the Dolmabahce Office, lasted approximately 1 hour.

Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, Minister of National Defense Yasar Guler, Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin and NATO officials were also present at the meeting.

'I CONGRATULATED ERDOGAN'

Stoltenberg congratulated President Erdoğan after his victory on May 28th:

"Türkiye has legitimate security concerns and I welcome that Sweden has stepped up in the fight against terrorism, including the PKK, by introducing new terrorist legislation and strengthening counterterrorism cooperation with Ankara.'

"I also welcome that Sweden is ensuring that there are no restrictions on arms exports to Türkiye. This is a top priority and we are making progress."

STOLTENBERG'S STATEMENT ON TÜRKİYE

Stoltenberg, who made a press statement in Oslo, the capital of Norway, said that he would meet with Erdogan and said the following:

"I met with President Erdoğan earlier this week. I always emphasize the importance of making progress on Sweden's participation. I will also go to Ankara in the near future to discuss how we can ensure Sweden's possible participation.

We should not forget that all the allies and Türkiye invited Sweden to become a full member and this happened at the last summit in Madrid. So far it has been a very fast acceptance process because Finland and Sweden applied in May. 

Finland is already a member and I am sure that Sweden will become a member. We are working for this to happen as early as possible. 

My message is that Sweden's membership is good for Sweden, it is good for the Nordic countries, it is good for the Baltic countries and it is also good for NATO. It will make NATO stronger and it is also good for Türkiye and all the allies. I will go to Ankara in the near future, but the date is not set yet."

ATTENDED THE CEREMONY

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg attended Erdogan's 'Inauguration Ceremony' at the Kulliye yesterday.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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