Hungarian Parliament postpones vote on Sweden's admission to NATO

2023-10-26 16:08:55 | Last Update : 2023-10-26 16:15:58

Agnes Vadai, an MP from the Democratic Coalition (DC), one of the opposition parties in the parliament, reported that their proposal to hold a vote on Sweden's accession to NATO did not receive the majority of votes, while the debate on Sweden's NATO membership was postponed until November.

Hungarian Parliament postpones vote on Sweden's admission to NATO

There will be no vote on Sweden's accession to NATO this week, Agnes Vadai, an MP from the Democratic Coalition (DC),  said underlining that the proposal to put this issue on the agenda was rejected by the deputies of the ruling Hungarian Civic Union (Fidesz) party, which has a majority of seats.

The ratification of the agreement on Sweden's admission to the North Atlantic Alliance by the Hungarian parliament has therefore been postponed again, with no clear date for when it will be ratified.

The government had submitted a bill on Sweden's accession protocol to NATO to parliament in the summer of 2022, but postponed consideration of the bill indefinitely due to unfriendly statements by Swedish politicians towards Hungary.

Gergely Gulyas, head of the Hungarian Prime Minister's Administration, made it clear in a meeting with journalists on Wednesday that Budapest still has differences of opinion with Stockholm.

"We want to have normal, good relations with Sweden. That is what we are striving for and if we can achieve that, there will be no obstacles to membership,” Gulyas said.

While Sweden's application has not yet been approved by Hungary and Türkiye among all NATO countries, Sweden's NATO Accession Protocol was signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 23 and referred to the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that the Hungarian parliament will make a decision on Sweden without taking into account their Turkish colleagues.

Source: Newsroom

WARNING: Comments that contain insults, swearing, offensive sentences or allusions, attacks on beliefs, are not written with spelling rules, do not use Turkish characters and are written in capital letters are not approved.