Turkish Parliament postpones debate on Sweden's NATO membership ratification

2023-11-17 10:41:52 | Last Update : 2023-11-17 11:19:07

Turkish Parliament decides to postpone debate on the draft law ratifying the protocol on Sweden's accession to NATO

Turkish Parliament postpones debate on Sweden's NATO membership ratification
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The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament convened on Thursday, chaired by former Vice President Fuat Oktay to discuss Sweden's membership to NATO.

The meeting discussed seven international agreements and the draft law on the ratification of Sweden's membership.

Although no decision was reached, a follow-up meeting date will be determined shortly. If the proposal is accepted, the protocol will proceed to the Turkish Parliament's agenda.

Preceding the Committee meeting, Turkish Parliament Speaker Numan Kurtulmus held a videoconference with his Swedish counterpart, Andreas Norlen. Expressing that he paid close attention to Sweden's NATO membership process, Kurtulmus aimed to expedite the finalization of the procedure.

Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership soon after Russia launched a war in Ukraine in February 2022.

Turkiye previously approved Finland's membership to NATO but had said it was waiting for Sweden to abide by a trilateral memorandum signed in June 2022 to address Ankara's security concerns.

Turkish officials have repeatedly stressed that it is up to Turkish lawmakers to decide on ratifying Sweden's accession.

Source: Newsroom

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